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John Keats listening to the Nightingale on Hampstead Heath c1845 by Joseph Severn

200 years after John Keats published his first poetry volume, Hampstead actress Ruth Rosen marks the occasion

Dame Evelyn Glennie performing outside Waitrose in the West Handyside Canopy at King's Cross. Picture: John Sturrock

The year-long residency came after an online poll asked workers residents and students in Kings Cross to nominate a musician

Robin Lustig

BRIDGET GALTON talks to veteran broadcaster Robin Lustig about his memoir of 45 years in news ahead of Jewish Book Week

Classic spirit house

Bridget Galton discovers a pop up art project dressed as an estate agent where Kentish Towners can bring memories and feelings about changing area

Emilia Fox and Theo James in Sex With Strangers at Hampstead Theatre. Picture: Manuel Harlan

Talky two-hander fires blanks, missing the chance to probe identity in the internet age, but Theo James is the real deal

Freddie Fox (Henry Carr). Picture: Johan Persson

BRIDGET GALTON talks to actor Freddie Fox about poetry, fame and dodging ‘posh boy’ typecasting

Bourgeois and Maurice, Antibiotic Apocalypse

Sick of the Fringe co-curator Brian Lobel wants the 30 performances, music events, talks and workshops to generate “powerful nuanced conversations” around art, medicine and illness

Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne. Picture: Katja Ogrin

The Eccles British Library Writers Award annually hands £20,000 and a year’s residency to help authors search the US, Caribbean and Canada collections. One of this year’s winners is Saint Ettiene’s Bob Stanley

Madness at the Dublin Castle pub. Picture: Jennifer McCord

Madness have returned to their old haunt to unveil a plaque commemorating their first gig at the Dublin Castle in January 1979

Jeremy Irvine & Charlotte Hope in Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios, Picture: Johan Persson

Bridget Galton talks to film actor Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations,The Railway Man) about his latest stage role in a dark comedy

One Last Thing (For Now). Picture: Laurie Field

Lilac Yosiphon’s play, One Last Thing (For Now), is calling for love letters in times of war before opening at the Old Red Lion theatre

Valentina Savelieva  '' The Factory Newspaper Wall '' 1968

Works painted by state sponsored artists under the Communist regime go on display at Highgate Gallery

Andy Stanton's Mr Gum

Roald Dahl funny prize winner Andy Stanton appears at a mini book festival at JW3. He talks to BRIDGET GALTON

Martha Wainwright

Bridget Galton talks to singer Martha Wainwright about being happy to turn 40 and performing at In The Round

Downton Abbey's Jim Carter

Bridget Galton talks to actor Jim Carter who is hosting a series of Q&As with top names in aid of his local theatre The Tricycle

Artist Ishbel McWhirter. Picture: Polly Hancock

Former child prodigy Ishbel McWhirter whose 90th birthday exhibition opens at Burgh House looks back on her career

Joel Fry, Jeff Rawle and Michael Fentiman in Raising Martha. Picture: Darren Bell

Joel Fry, actor known for Plebs, WIA and You, Me and the Apocalypse, talks to Bridget Galton about Raising Martha on at the Park Theatre

Artist Feline Minne. Picture: Nadira Amrani

Belgian-born painter Feline Menne says her work is driven by the desire to “create an alternative personal universe.”

Artsist and gallery owner Hannah Ivory Baker at Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery. Picture: Polly Hancock

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Hannah Ivory Baker who is taking a new approach since taking over Highgate’s art gallery aged just 29

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the Roundhouse. Picture: Alice Pennefather

With its soulful, grooving live music and audience participation, the dance theatre company marries street dance with narrative

John Burningham

Storybook writer John Burningham marks his 80th year with an exhibition spanning his 50 year career

Russell Morton (Mr Popper), Toby Manley (Male Puppeteer), Lucy Grattan (Female Puppeteer) & Roxanne Palmer (Mrs Popper). Picture: Helen Murray.

This charming musical version is populated by jaunty puppets and there’s much fun as the Captain takes up residence in the fridge and gulps down the goldfish.

View from the south-west of the Midland Grand Hotel, built in 1868-1876 by the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott

Former English Heritage planner Philip Davies has trawled the archives to reveal moments of life in Victorian and Edwardian England ‘frozen in time’

Adam Barker-Mill's 'The Glowb'. Picture: Alice Lubbock

The crypt of a Little Venice church is hosting an immersive art exhibition reflecting on ritual, spirituality and death.

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Struggling to buy for a nephew, niece or grandchild this Christmas? The gift of a good book should please any child not to mention their parents. BRIDGET GALTON rounds up some seasonal picks

Victoria Wood. Picture: Ian West

Chris Foote Wood tells BRIDGET GALTON why he felt compelled to offer his unique perspective on the late comedian

Simon Callow

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Simon Callow about bringing Dickens’ festive ghost story back to the stage

We're going on a bear hunt

BRIDGET GALTON rounds up the best of family entertainment in north London this festive season

Frisky and Mannish. Picture: Idil Sukan

BRIDGET GALTON talks to cabaret star Matthew Floyd Jones about donning prosthetics for his first pantomime which is definitely not family friendly

Soprano Lesley Garrett. Picture: David White.

BRIDGET GALTON talks to the Muswell Hill soprano about Cricket, Christmas, the wonders of HRT and why she’d like to play Hillary Clinton

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