‘The funeral of Shelley’ by Louis Edouard Paul Fournier, 1889

Why are ‘doomed’ poets considered the only good ones?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

In Deaths of the Poets two living examples of the species, Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, retail the closing…

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

There’s never been a better time to be alive. Why can’t we recognise that?

Tricycle’s Ben Hur is magnificent in its superficiality - a masterpiece of nothing

12 December 2015 9:00 am

It’s the target that makes the satire as well as the satirist. Is the subject powerful, active, relevant and menacing?…

Thirty days to live: An encounter with mortality

2 June 2012 9:00 pm

Death is a beautiful woman, always by my side. She’ll kiss me one day, I know. She’s a companion who…

Family album

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Fay Weldon’s new book is told by Frances, Weldon’s imaginary sister — one she would have had if her mother had not had a miscarriage a few years after Weldon was born.