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Oct 22, 2012

Ethiopians take UK stage to show dance changes lives

LONDON (Reuters) – Two Ethiopians who take to the London stage on Monday evening are living proof that dance really can change lives.

Addisu Demissie, 30, and Junaid Jemal Sendi, 28, will perform in “A Holding Space”, a dance collaboration which explores their extraordinary journey from the streets of Addis Ababa to some of the biggest arts venues in Europe.

Oct 18, 2012

Woman tops ArtReview “power 100″ list for first time

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S.-born Italian-Bulgarian curator little known outside the art world has topped ArtReview magazine’s annual Power 100 list, the first female to do so in its 11-year history.

Previously topped by familiar names like artists Damien Hirst and Ai Weiwei and gallery supremo Larry Gagosian, the 2012 title went to Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev best known for curating the marathon Documenta 13 art fair staged in Kassel in Germany.

Oct 17, 2012

Booker winner Mantel vows to end trilogy in style

LONDON (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel, who on Tuesday night became the first woman and first Briton to win the coveted Man Booker prize for fiction twice, vowed on Wednesday to bring her epic trilogy set in the court of King Henry VIII to a satisfactory close.

Her comments could have the bookmakers offering odds on the 60-year-old making it an unprecedented three Booker wins when the final installment, provisionally titled “The Mirror and the Light” hits the shelves, probably in 2015.

Oct 17, 2012

Mantel makes Man Booker history

LONDON (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel wrote herself into the history books on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first Briton to win the coveted Man Booker prize for fiction twice with “Bring Up the Bodies”, the sequel to her acclaimed “Wolf Hall”.

Two men had previously “done the double” – J.M. Coetzee who was born in South Africa and Australia’s Peter Carey.

Oct 16, 2012

Mantel wins second Booker fiction prize, Jeet loses

LONDON (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel wrote herself into the history books on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first Briton to win the coveted Man Booker prize for fiction twice with “Bring Up the Bodies”, the sequel to her acclaimed “Wolf Hall”. India’s Jeet Thayil was also in the running for the prize.

Two men had previously “done the double” – J.M. Coetzee who was born in South Africa and Australia’s Peter Carey.

Oct 16, 2012

Mantel makes history with second Booker fiction prize

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel wrote herself into
the history books on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first
Briton to win the coveted Man Booker prize for fiction twice
with “Bring Up the Bodies”, the sequel to her acclaimed “Wolf
Hall”.

Two men had previously “done the double” – J.M. Coetzee who
was born in South Africa and Australia’s Peter Carey.

Oct 16, 2012

Mantel, Self lead race for Man Booker fiction prize

LONDON (Reuters) – Six authors are contesting the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction awarded later on Tuesday, although if bookmakers are to be believed it is a two-horse race between 2009 winner Hilary Mantel and first-time nominee Will Self.

The fact that Mantel and Self, both British authors, are the most recognizable names on the shortlist this year may help explain their more favorable betting odds for one of English literature’s best known prizes.

Oct 15, 2012

UK band Ultrasound rises from ashes of 90s implosion

DURHAM, England, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Rock and roll is full of
cautionary tales – of excess, break-ups and missed
opportunities.

British indie band Ultrasound, touted as the “next big
thing” in the 1990s only to sink without trace following bitter
bust-ups, reports of in-band infidelity and “creative
differences”, fits the bill neatly.

Oct 15, 2012

Rolling Stones to play four gigs, Jagger hints at more

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones will perform two concerts in London and two near New York as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, the band announced on Monday, and lead singer Mick Jagger hinted there could be more gigs to come.

The British group, one of rock and roll’s most successful acts, will play the O2 Arena in the British capital on November 25 and 29 before crossing the Atlantic to perform at the Prudential Center, Newark, on December 13 and 15.

Oct 12, 2012

Author Mantel eyes Booker history, Self a contender

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel could become the
first woman to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction
twice with her historical novel “Bring Up the Bodies”, the
bookmakers’ favourite alongside Will Self’s “Umbrella”.

The annual literary award to an author from the
Commonwealth, Zimbabwe or Ireland will be handed out at a glitzy
dinner in London on Tuesday, and the build-up this year has been
dominated by 60-year-old Mantel.

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