Florence McCrae

Literary Editor for the Leaders Council

Florence McRae is responsible for all of the Leaders Council’s cultural content. She writes a weekly Long Read article which is published every Sunday. Topics have included The Turner Prize and The Pulitzer Prize.

Articles published by Florence McCrae

NEWS | Published July 14th 2020, 10:10 am

Big Spender: Christie’s auction rakes in $420.9 million in under four hours

Normally spending $420.9 million in under four hours would be considered a little reckless to say the least. For Christie’s, this is the future.

NEWS | Published July 14th 2020, 8:08 am

Behind the mask: face coverings made compulsory in English shops from 24 July

Once reserved for Halloween and the occasional masquerade ball, 2020 has seen masks become commonplace. Indeed, from 24 July, the humble mask will become even more ubiquitous, as the government has ruled that every shop-goer in England must wear one or risk a £100 fine.

NEWS | Published July 13th 2020, 10:10 am

The last laugh: Saunders fears comedy will soon turn to tragedy

In the past week, Oliver Dowden’s miraculous £1.57 billion for the arts has received more praise than he knows what to do with. Yet there is one sub-section of the arts that remains concerned. In the words of Tristram Fane Saunders “the funny business is in serious trouble.”

NEWS | Published July 13th 2020, 9:09 am

By Gove: minister defends £705 million plan for border posts

The announcement of a £705 million funding package to manage Britain’s borders post-Brexit has been defended by Michael Gove.

NEWS | Published July 12th 2020, 1:01 pm

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bemasked: A post-covid trip to the National Gallery

The last time I visited the National Gallery, coronavirus was still confused with the name of a beer. Now, 111 days since its doors were shut, the gallery has reopened, and it looks a little different from before.

NEWS | Published July 12th 2020, 10:10 am

Theory of devolution: Sunak snubs calls for more devolved powers

Finance ministers from the UK’s devolved administrations have been snubbed by the chancellor of the exchequer, following calls for more fiscal powers from the Treasury.

NEWS | Published July 12th 2020, 10:10 am

Drama Queen: Netflix renews The Crown for a sixth season

In January, Netflix assured its viewers that its fifth season of The Crown would be the last. Now, in a rather well received U-turn, the series has been renewed for a sixth season.

NEWS | Published July 11th 2020, 10:10 am

Risky business: Cultural luminaries warn of “intolerance of opposing views”

On Tuesday, the great and the good of the cultural sphere co-signed a letter. Some 153 artists and intellectuals attached their name to a letter entitled “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate”.

NEWS | Published July 11th 2020, 10:10 am

Morrison on the “definitely not a concert” concert

There is some pleasure to be had, singing in the rain, muses Richard Morrison, The Times’ Chief Culture Writer. Yet he continues, that only a Brit would consider singing in a gale.

NEWS | Published July 11th 2020, 9:09 am

Oliver Dowden: “Normal life is slowly returning”

For those who find a haircut is not enough, do not despair. As of 25 July, gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will reopen. In the more immediate future lies a manicure, with beauty salons and nail bars reopening as early as Monday.

NEWS | Published July 10th 2020, 10:10 am

The show must go on: Morrison considers reopening theatres

For Richard Morrison, nobody better encompasses the phrase “from zero to hero” than culture secretary Oliver Dowden. Dowden, who until last Sunday, was subject to almost daily criticisms of his “lethargy and ineffectiveness” has, according to Morrison, “conjured a giant rabbit out of a battered hat.”

NEWS | Published July 10th 2020, 9:09 am

Use your Ede: Museums plan for reopening

For the past 111 days, the National Gallery has found their doors shuttered, unsure, until recently, when they would reopen them. They are by no means alone. It is estimated that at the height of the pandemic, between 95 and 97 per cent of the world’s museums closed, unsure when and even if they would reopen.

NEWS | Published July 10th 2020, 9:09 am

End to quarantine rules for dozens of locations

A relaxation to the rules, commencing today, will see travellers from dozens of countries no longer being asked to self-isolate for a fortnight upon their arrival into the UK.

NEWS | Published July 9th 2020, 11:11 am

Testing times: Actors’ Union planning live shows

For the first time in what seems like forever, a show will go on. The Actors’ Equity Union, who represent the professional interest of over 50,000 actors has sanctioned the two performances – an outdoor performance of Godspell and an indoor one of Harry Clarke.

NEWS | Published July 9th 2020, 10:10 am

Local Hero: Scotland worries for arts jobs

In spite of the £1.57 billion arts bailout from the UK government, leading figures in Scotland have warned that the sum is not enough to save the Scottish culture scene from “devastation”.

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