Former hunger striker Laurence McKeown at the grave of Dr David Ross, at Kirkinriola Cemetery. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Prison doctor David Ross was powerless in the role of bedside bystander as he tended to 10 hunger strikers who died during the 1981 Maze prison hun(...)

Connie (Saskia Reeves) has decided she wants to leave the uptight Douglas (Tom Hollander)

This isn’t the worst time in history to be middle-aged. Coronavirus stalks care-homes and strong-arms the elderly into glorified hibernation. Young pe(...)

Anna Hope:  Her  background in drama makes for vibrant fictional detail. Photograph: Laura Hynd

With a fitting surname for her new novel Expectation, the English author Anna Hope writes about three female friends whose aspirations, in their caref(...)

English novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls. Photograph: Hal Shinnie

Award winning author David Nicholls is sitting in the offices of’ publisher, with a view of airily-dressed passers-by along the River Thames on the ho(...)

HamsandwicH lead singer Niamh Farrell and Stevo Berube, founder of independent music company Berube Communications

What is your favourite place to visit? Stevo: Back home to Texas. I’ve only been back home about four times in 30 years. But those emotions of your c(...)

“Send us your ideas”: Zai Bennett, director of programmes for Sky Entertainment UK & Ireland, is looking to commission dramas, comedies and documentaries for Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky 1. Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Sky has money to spend making television – but not just any television. “It’s a really stupid and straightforward thing to say, but we work in pay t(...)

Laura Barnett

From Socrates to Shakespeare to Henry James, many a great mind has maintained that the unexamined life is not worth living. In 1916, the year James di(...)

Past winner Howard Jacobson is joint-favourite to win this year’s Man Booker Prize as the shortlist was announced today, featuring US authors for the first time. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

Past winner Howard Jacobson is joint-favourite to win this year’s Man Booker Prize as the shortlist was announced today, featuring US authors for t(...)