AUDIO: Punk poet's praise for Michael Gove

John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 11:20 am

Ian McKellen given freedom of London

Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen is given the freedom of the City of London in recognition of his work for gay rights.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 10:49 am

'Birmingham family' statue unveiled

A statue by a Turner Prize-winning artist, representing a real Birmingham family, is unveiled.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 10:42 am

VIDEO: Stars lend voices to poppy appeal

Celebrities such as Joanna Lumley and Arsene Wenger lend their voices to a fundraising campaign for London Poppy Day.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 10:11 am

VIDEO: Young Fathers win Mercury Prize

The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize has produced a shock win for the Edinburgh-based hip-hop group Young Fathers.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 9:23 am

Polanski freed after US arrest bid

US attempts to have director Roman Polanski arrested for sex offences while visiting Poland are thwarted.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 8:40 am

Gormley's new cliff top sculpture

An Antony Gormley statue described as a "robotic Angel of the North" will be installed on a cliff top in Dorset.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 7:39 am

Arts groups share £100m funding

More than 100 arts groups across the country are to receive regular funding from Creative Scotland, it is announced.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 7:15 am

VIDEO: Rossi: 'Alcohol led me to cocaine'

Guitarist and singer of Status Quo Francis Rossi discusses his drug use during the 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 7:08 am

Were Young Fathers the right winner?

Were Young Fathers the right winner?

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:49 am

VIDEO: Stars glow at Interstellar premiere

The stars of Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated Interstellar praise its "ambition" at the film's European premiere.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:22 am

Pulitzer-winning poet Kinnell dies

Pulitzer Prize-winning US poet Galway Kinnell, best known for his spiritual poems connecting the experiences of daily life to larger forces, dies aged 87.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:11 am

VIDEO: Chinese Hollywood builds Forbidden City

Hengdian, a small town on the east coast of China, has become the setting for one of the largest outdoor movie studios in the world.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 4:53 am

Bush House opens doors on future

Bush House opens doors on shiny makeover

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 2:47 am

Ant and Dec to host 2015 Brit awards

TV duo Ant and Dec are to host the 2015 Brit awards, 14 years since the last time they presented the ceremony.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 8:35 pm

VIDEO: Gyllenhaal makes news in Nightcrawler

Television news ethics come under fire in Jake Gyllenhaal's latest film, Nightcrawler.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:40 pm

The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers

The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him special powers

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:29 pm

Young Fathers win Mercury Prize

Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers win the £20,000 Barclaycard Mercury Prize with their album Dead.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 6:03 pm

VIDEO: Newly-lit Sistine Chapel is unveiled

The Vatican has unveiled a new hi-tech LED lighting system for the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 4:56 pm

'Operation' inventor needs operation

The American inventor of the popular board game Operation is in desperate need of money to pay for a real-life operation.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 1:53 pm

Unwell Nutini cancels more UK gigs

Chart-topping singer Paolo Nutini postpones two more UK arena shows in London and Cardiff due to "severe tonsillitis".

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 10:37 am

Collins hands over Alamo artefacts

Singer Phil Collins hands over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum, calling the donation the end of a six-decade "journey".

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 9:39 am

'Orphan' artworks set to find homes

Millions of photos, diaries, letters and recordings whose copyright owners cannot be traced may be made accessible for the first time under a new scheme.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 8:59 am

U2 star's PA loses theft appeal

A former personal assistant to U2 star Adam Clayton loses an appeal against her conviction for stealing 2.8m euros (£2.2m) from the guitarist.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:56 am

Big Brother to launch in China

China is to get its own version of Big Brother for the first time, with the housemates' exploits to be broadcast on popular video site Youku Tudou.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 5:46 am