To be, or not to be?: Hamlet’s soliloquy in the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph: John D McHugh/AFP/Getty

There are two competing ideas about Shakespeare’s language that most of us will encounter. The first is that it is too hard to fully understand. The (...)

Karl Miller  at an event in   Trinity College Dublin with novelists Janice Galloway,  Ron Butlin and  Alan Spence and poet Robin Robertson. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Karl Miller, who has died aged 83, will be remembered as the greatest British literary editor of his time, and one of the greatest ever. He founded, (...)

The composer and lyricist Sandy Wilson, who has died aged 90, achieved his greatest success while still in his 20s – and it was a very considerable su(...)

Agnes: Nick McGough and Don King Rongavilla in David Bolger’s new dance. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

When David Bolger of CoisCéim Dance Theatre started making a dance about the late actor and singer Agnes Bernelle he didn’t quite know what kin(...)

Three-quarters of the way into tea and chocolate tiffin cubes with Arianna Huffington, she admits she’s a workaholic. And it is an admission, not a hu(...)