Welcome to the ‘creative’ section. As an arts writer & critic of nearly 30 years – and a lifelong lover of art in its many forms – I believe that the arts are neither an elitist luxury nor bohemian indulgence. True, they can be, but the human capacity for art making and storytelling is not only a remarkable tribal and individual phenomenon but a crucial social bonding/cohesion mechanism. The human animal is the artistic animal. Besides which, art is such great fun.