Zadie Smith presents ‘Sw...

Event: Zadie Smith presents ‘Swing Time’ Venue: RIBA (hosted by the London Review of Books) Report by Anealla Safdar I...

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‘I never expected to los...

I never expected to lose my freedom. What happened ten years ago was a disaster. Had I known, I would have used a different strategy....

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‘Our art has a potency.&...

I would bitterly contest people who describe my plays as journalism – they’re not. There’s something beyond journalism. A journalist...

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‘I can say what I want t...

I sent The Wallcreeper to a small publishing company in Missouri. They gave me $300 for the manuscript. I’d been trying to write...

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‘The damage we suffer is...

There is a close connection between love and hate. In a sense, the people that you love are the people that you need the most. And...

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‘I can’t write boo...

The wolf border is the place where the streetlight ends and the wilderness begins. It represents the divide between man and beast....

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‘We have a very poor ide...

We have a very poor idea of great Russian poets. There has been an unquestioning belief that there are only four ‘great’ Russian...

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‘I ran into the wilds to...

I was very gangly. There are 12 plasters on my knees, I’m wearing shorts and I have a Viking shield and a plastic sword… that was me!...

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Books we’d give to…...

Well, it’s certainly all been happening at Bake-Off Towers this week. For those who might be feeling a little confused or in...

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10 books we’d give to…Vladimir...

So, Sir Elton John is on his way to meet Vladimir Putin to discuss the Russian president’s ‘ridiculous’ attitude to gay rights. We’ve...

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Why I will never lend my books

I like to think I’m a fairly decent person: I pay my taxes, have a healthy aversion to violence and always fold back the end of the...

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Sonnet 18 ‘Distractingly Sexy’...

Shall I compare thee to a variably-heated alkane? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the Bunsen burner...

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