Somaliland Literary Festival
Author Nadifa Mohammed reports from the annual literary festival in Hargeisa, Somaliland. This year, the festival is exploring the theme of citizenship, following a general election last month.
Countdown to Zero
Countdown to Zero, a film promoting nuclear disarmament, debuts in Los Angeles this week. The film's producers made the runaway documentary hit about climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, and hope this film will spawn a similar, grassroots movement, this time to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Laura Hubber reports on Countdown to Zero and the documentary wave that keeps rolling.
30 years of Back in Black
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The heavy rock group AC/DC released their album, Back in Black, 30 years ago this week. It has sold nearly 50 million copies worldwide making it the second highest selling LP of all time. For The Strand, the Australian poet, John Kinsella, explains its magic.
This year we were all reminded of the power of volcanic eruptions to disrupt our lives when a small Icelandic eruption led to much of Europe's airspace closing down leaving hundreds of thousands stranded around the world. For one man though it was like the best publicity stunt ever as he's spent the past three years curating an exhibition of volcanoes in western art. James Hamilton's exhibition Volcano: From Turner to Warhol is about to open for business in the UK.Volcano: Turner to Warhol at Compton Verney
Andy Warhol - Vesuvius
Naples, Museo di Capodimonte.
© 2010. Photo Scala, Florence - courtesy of the Ministero Beni e Att. Culturali
Joseph Wright - Vesuvius in Eruption
Gouache on paper
© 2010 Derby Museums & Art Gallery
JMW Turner - Eruption of the Souffrier
Oil on canvas
© University of Liverpool Art Gallery & Collections, UK. The Bridgeman Art
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