Interviews

How Enoch Powell fancied himself Viceroy of India — and other startling revelations

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Interviews, like watercolours, are very hard to get right, and yet look how steadily their art has become degraded and…

Some artists talk for hours unprompted. Others, such as Patrick Caulfield (above), find the simplest question often difficult to answer

It’s a lifetime of hard work being an artist

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Once, when a number of Royal Academicians were invited to Buckingham Palace, the celebrated abstract painter John Hoyland (1934–2011) found…

The 1958 world première of Pinter’s The Birthday Party at the Lyric Hammersmith: John Stratton as McCann, John Slater as Goldberg and Richard Pearson as Stanley

The last survivor of The Birthday Party’s 1958 première remembers the traumatic first night

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Critics love The Birthday Party now. But that wasn’t always the case, says Jasper Rees

‘I was tossed out of the tribe’: climate scientist Judith Curry interviewed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Meet Professor Judith Curry, the sceptical climate scientist rarely quoted in Britain’s media

Investor Nick Train on when doing less earns more

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Interview: Masterly inactivity works for me, says one of London’s top-ranked investors

‘I was facing truths I didn’t particularly want to look at’: Michael Moorcock interview

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Cult novelist Michael Moorcock on fantasy, his father, and the London he loved and lost

Let's turn London into Venice: Thomas Heatherwick interviewed

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Give Thomas Heatherwick £175 million and he will turn London into Venice

‘The problem isn’t that we’ve been slaves to free markets’: Joseph Stiglitz interview

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Joseph Stiglitz, the left’s favourite economist,on making the free market work

James Anderson: an optimist betting on the tech barons

23 May 2015 9:00 am

INTERVIEW: James Anderson. An investor who is hunting for long-term holds

Mr El-Amir in his surgery

The surgeon who's bringing new hope on Britain's commonest cause of blindness

9 May 2015 9:00 am

There’s new hope for those suffering from Britain’s commonest cause of blindness, finds Sarah Rainey

Forces of nature: Maggi Hambling with ‘Amy Winehouse’, a painting exhibited at her Walls of Water show last year

‘This stuff goes on being alive’: Maggi Hambling on the power of painting

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Maggi Hambling on Rembrandt, Twombly and the power of art

Alex Salmond sets out his terms for Ed Miliband

28 March 2015 9:00 am

‘Would you like a glass of pink champagne?’ asks Alex Salmond at 3.30 p.m., sounding very much like a man…

Neil Woodford

Neil Woodford interview: A return to normal around the corner? Utterly wrong

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Star fund manager, Neil Woodford believes talk of a return to economic normality is wishful thinking

George Osborne interview: smaller government is not enough

7 March 2015 9:00 am

George Osborne on his love affair with Greater Manchester, and his party’s need for ‘a bit of the Heseltine’

Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needs

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Former chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the return of religion to public life and the civil war that Islam needs

Clive James on his late flowering: ‘I am in the slightly embarrassing position where I write poems saying I’m about to die and then don’t’

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Clive James on poetry, civilisation and the critical benefits of facing leukaemia

Gary Kemp on David Bowie, Margaret Thatcher, and joining the establishment

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp still thinks of himself as an aspirational kid – but don’t call him a Thatcherite

Bookends: Disarming but disingenuous

14 April 2012 9:00 am

At first glance, Be the Worst You Can Be (Booth-Clibborn Editions, £9.99) by Charles Saatchi (pictured above with his wife,…

A dancer’s progress

3 September 2011 12:00 am

In 1971, at the height of the Indo-Pakistan war, my parents took me with them to Bombay. I was ten and it was my first trip abroad.

Digestif

30 June 2011 12:00 am

Hard-working, mercurial and good at playing mean – reformed hell-raiser Dominic West eats asparagus into the small hours with Imogen Lycett Green

Bookends: Divinely decadent

8 January 2011 6:00 am

The film-maker John Waters specialises in weirdos. His new book, Role Models (Beautiful Books, £15.99), is a collection of interviews and anecdotes seasoned with off-beat fashion tips.

Interview: Semyon Bychkov: his own man

11 December 2010 12:00 am

Semyon Bychkov has rather unspectacularly become one of the world’s most sought after conductors, and at present he is in London to conduct a series of performances of Wagner’s now least often staged canonical opera, Tannhäuser, at the Royal Opera House.