BBC Artsnight

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I was a contributor to last week’s Artsnight on BBC Two. Curated by Clara Amfo, it looked at fame from a variety of angles – managers, fans, artists, journalists – a really interesting programme if you’re interested in celebrity in its various forms, and it was great to be part of it. (Plus special thanks to the two SHU students who patiently let us eat up a few minutes of the time they had booked in the library while we finished if you’re reading!) It’s available here for another 3-and-a-bit weeks if you want to catch it.

Sex, God and Rock’n’Roll

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Yesterday was one of those days where the news seemed directly targeted to me and I wanted to shout at it to shut up while I finished being busy doing a bunch of entirely different stuff. Two of the big stories directly related to my research interests: religion in the media, and fans of Cliff Richard – and I’m slap bang in the middle of writing a lot of things that mean I can’t give either story much attention. Still, I have a blog, so I can write something quick and rough and ready instead – and it’s some very weird kind of (divine?) coincidence that two big stories featuring Christian singers and sexuality broke on the same day.

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