Filmby Ian Sinclair Touted as one of the top three documentary festivals in the world, Sheffield Doc/Fest provides a golden opportunity for documentary producers to sell their wares to the cinema and TV markets.
AlbumThe Very Best Of Peter Green Splinter Group (Madfish)by Michal Boncza As Peter Green was conquering depression and mental illness in the mid-'90s he candidly confessed: "I'm not afraid anymore. Music doesn't scare me the way it used to…" The Splinter Group's body of work provides eloquent supporting evidence of…
AlbumNo Place For My Dream (Wrasse)by Will Stone The latest album from eldest son of Afro-beat founder Fela is a bleak ode to world poverty and though Femi's music is anything but bleak, its content shines a mirror on today's sorry state of affairs.
AlbumLove is Symmetry (Dim Mak Records)by Will Porter Ten years since the Scanners started their stuttering journey through the world of independent labels and grotty venues, they feel like a band enjoying the benefits of foreign success.
TheatreThe Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avonby Gordon Parsons With characters named Mr and Mrs Littledick, Mr Penitent Brothel and Sir Bounteous Peersucker there is no excuse for audiences to expect anything other than what they get from this production.
Chris SearleThunder And Happiness: The Complete Albums (Retro)Chris Searle on JAZZ Between anti-apartheid activism, demonstrations and educational work during the '70s, there was also the generation of powerful South African musicians-in-exile, alive and grooving in Britain, adding their defiant sounds to the protest and affirmation.
Non-FictionBy Paul G Harris (Polity, £15.99)by John Moore The extreme adverse effects of climate change, once predicted to occur late this century, are now approaching much sooner and in this book Paul Harris outlines the reasons why governments are failing to take effective action in averting catastrophe.
Non-Fictionby Nicholas Shaxson and John Christensen (ebook, £1.99)by Rory Mackinnon Fans of Nicholas Shaxson's 2011 bestseller Treasure Islands may be miffed by the lack of a sweeping historical narrative in this book, which he's co-authored with John Christensen.
Non-Fictionby Ken Fuller (Flipside Publishing, Kindle ebook £3.30)by Kenny Coyle In his latest work on the Philippines, Ken Fuller turns his attention to the country's fundamental weakness - its long-term inability to create the solid economic foundations of a truly independent state.
Artsby Christine Lindey Poet, novelist, lecturer, pamphleteer, designer, craftsperson, theoretician, activist, William Morris was undoubtedly the most original socialist thinker on art of his generation.