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Sunset: Juli Jakab in László Nemes’s film

The last time I saw László Nemes in the flesh he was holding an Academy Award. The Hungarian film-maker had just received the best foreign film Oscar (...)

True and indeed divine hospitality is about welcoming adult children as they are. Photograph: iStock

Last year I penned a seasonal message for my diocese and beyond, entitled The Empty Chair. It seems to have struck a chord with many people; particula(...)

Yulia Skripal, along with her father Sergei, was found slumped over a park bench in Salisbury, southwest England, on March 4th, after being poisoned. Photograph: Yulia Skripal/Facebook via AP

‘The one that scares me to death, perhaps even more so than tactical nuclear weapons, and the one we have least capability against, is biological weap(...)

James Kelman: “I always wrote about the people in the pub or the bookie’s.” Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/ Getty

James Kelman is sipping black coffee in the cafe of Glasgow’s Mitchell Library; the largest public reference facility in Europe, that houses(...)

  Neil Martin: song-cycle based on Seamus Heaney’s ‘Sweeney Astray’

Not much can be said with certainty about the Battle of Mag Rath, which happened near what is now Moira, Co Down, in 637. But we know it was big, be(...)

Emma Glass: the author’s care when it comes to language is evident throughout

“The blood cells in my cheeks have risen to the surface and made shapes that spell the words SOMeONe help.” The dark poetic world of Emma Glass’s debu(...)

Samantha Power: President Trump “is way more divisive and more of a purveyor of hate towards different groups and trying to pit different parts of American society against each other than I expected.” Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune/Time Inc

It’s mid-afternoon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Samantha Power is in reflective mode. Sitting in the mid-October sun in the gardens of Harvard’s (...)

Peter Kavanagh: provoked landmark legal copyright case

The late Peter Kavanagh – irascible brother of the poet Patrick – and the sixth-century holy man St Colmcille may not have much else in common. But th(...)

French poet Charles Baudelaire, who died 150 years ago this week. File photograph: Étienne Carjat/Getty Images

If Charles Baudelaire had lived a century-and-a-half later, I suspect he would have been a rock star. A tormented genius, like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hend(...)

Liam Neeson (then 64) in Martin Scorsese’s 2016 film Silence. Scorsese is 74. It is bizarre to   still refer  to people over 65 as “dependent”.

Imagine that there has been a widespread outbreak of burglaries, and the Minister of Justice responds by demanding that the burglars should be more up(...)

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