The Turner Prize

In 2007, for the first time ever, the Turner Prize was presented outside London: in Liverpool, to mark the city’s status of European Capital of Culture 2008.

Sophie Woolley

Sophie Woolley is a dynamic force of innovation. As both a writer and a performer, she excels at fashioning believably satiric portraits.

Julian Gough

Times are strange for Julian Gough. The London-born, Galway-bred author spent seven years trying to revolutionise the novel with his ambitious Jude.

Jackie Kay

Kay’s latest work, Darling, published in October 2007, brings together into a vibrant new book many favourite poems from her four Bloodaxe collections.

Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips shows no signs of becoming any less prolific. His novel, Foreigners: Three English Lives, is a combination of historical fact, reportage and fiction.

Romuald Hazoumé

Romuald Hazoumé still resides and works in his native Benin, using the land and the Republic’s history as a source of inspiration for his work

John Jones

A powerhouse in the world of framing, John Jones is a family-owned organisation that provides bespoke frames of museum quality for the likes of TATE and the V&A.

John Squire

Musician, artist, father, budding surfer – John Squire wears many hats, but the one creating all the buzz at the moment is his role as celebrated painter.

Keiko Mukaide

Keiko Mukaide was born in 1954 in Tokyo, Japan and is an internationally renowned artist who creates both small glass works and large site-specific installations.

Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi’s first novel, The Icarus Girl, was written while she was studying for her A-levels, and tells the story of a girl growing up between two cultures.

Sandra Newman

Sandra Newman is back with her new novel Cake, after 2002’s The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done brought her the First Book Award from The Guardian.

Linton Kwesi Johnson

After 30 years of writing, recording, and activism, Linton Kwesi Johnson is being honored with the publication of Selected Poems in the Penguin Classics series.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell is faithful to fiction to the point where he describes the idea of a clinch with scriptwriting or an embrace with poetry as akin to being adulterous.

deciBel 2007

Of the initiatives leading the drive for greater representation of British artists of ethnic origin, deciBel, a showcase event in Birmingham, was the most prominent.

Built to Spill

With the latest lineup of Martsch, Scott Plouf, Jim Roth, Brett Nelson, and Brett Netson, this is the most experienced group that Built to Spill has ever seen.

Jesse Malin

New Yorker Jesse Malin released his third solo album Glitter in the Gutter in July 2007. This is an up-tempo, powerful manifesto for survival and defiance.

Ash

Ash return with their re-energised fifth and possibly last studio LP Twilight of the Innocents, mixing classic pop lyrics and punk influenced melody.

Maxïmo Park

With a world tour well underway and their latest album receiving critical and popular acclaim, Maximo Park are battling to keep their feet on the ground.

Ken Loach

For over forty years, director Ken Loach has been bringing realistic portrayals of modern day social and political situations to our screens.

Eddy Joseph

“People are far more interested in sound now, but they still don’t really know what we do.” Eddy Joseph was part of the team that won a BAFTA for Casino Royale.

Film 4

In 2007, Film 4 supported British music in their films: This is England, Hallam Foe, Brothers of the Head and Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.

Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi — talented writer, performer, lecturer, and now mum to one-and-a-half year-old Solomon, is anything but her namesake.

Circus

The public conception of a “circus” today lies somewhere between the extravagant showpieces of Cirque du Soleil, and childhood memories of clowns and tigers.

Waterlog Collection

In Waterlog, seven British artists have interpreted the water-drenched landscape of Norwich, taking their cues from WB Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.

China Moo-Young

With an impressive collection of projects behind her, including computer game Get Away: Black Monday, and short film Liar, China Moo-Young shows no indication of slowing down.

Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon is an American-born photographer and filmmaker, who set trends in the UK with her exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 2007.

Caravan Gallery

The idea of a caravan gallery is a bit of a dichotomy, yet has succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of its creators, Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale.

The Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection was the first venue of its kind in the UK, providing radical insights into wellbeing and the human condition.

Catriona Millar

There’s an appealing innocence to both Miller’s paintings and her enthusiasm as she chats from her Aberdeenshire studio across a thin, crackling line.

Reza Aramesh

Scrutinizing the fabric of contemporary culture to reveal the fragility of the notions of society, ethnicity, and identity: this is the essence of Reza Aramesh.

Light Installation

Public art, that which is produced for the passerby and within the public sphere, functions as a starting point for aesthetic discourse and interaction.

Lisa Lindley-Jones

While the music world becomes ever more dependant on its sampler and keyboard for kicks, Lisa Lindley-Jones has decided to step away from electro-pop.

Urban Art & Graffiti Artists

Situated on walls, the pavement, telephone poles, windows, billboards, trains, cars, houses – but rarely do we stop and look at it: urban art is ubiquitous.

Fiona Foley

James Baldwin once stated, “The power to define the other seals one’s definition of oneself – who, then, in such a fearful mathematic is trapped?”

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah is one of the UK’s most renowned novelists, playwrights, poets and activists, and has contributed to literature over the last three decades.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

One of African literature’s forerunners, Ngugi wa Thiong’o is the author of several novels, plays, and non-fiction works which tackle colonialism and postcolonialism.

Sonic Youth

Widely regarded as one of the most influential bands of their time, Sonic Youth takes one more lunge at it with their new release, Rather Ripped.