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Shubhangi Swarup: her narrative may encompass everything from the ecology of tropical islands to the mistreatment of Burmese political prisoners, but she manages to keep it all within the vivid, living world of her characters

‘In different folklore, depending upon the teller’s longitude, latitude, dreams, dispositions, and eating patterns, different creatures are forced to (...)

Selahattin Demirtas (front centre), co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party during a rally in Istanbul. A picture of imprisoned PKK leader Ocalan  hangs in the background. Photograph:  MuradSezer/Reuters

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan is expected tomorrow to make what he has billed an “historic” appeal, raising expectations of a cea(...)