Michael Morpurgo: ‘Lying is an art form, no question.’ Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Current favourite book?  The Plimsoll Line by Nicolette Jones is a biography of a little-known man, only remembered because of the shoe that was (...)

‘Curious and remarkable’: Detail of  Pietà by Elisabeth Frink, part of the Methodist Church collection of modern Christian art in Britain on show at the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery in Dublin until December 21st

“God is the sole and proper witness of himself. Meanwhile, since this brute stupidity gripped the whole world – to pant after visible figures of God, (...)

Ursula Burke picks up on the updating theme with Balaclava Bust (2014)

For millennia, philosophers, thinkers and religious types have pondered the whereabouts of the seat of the soul. For a while it was thought to be in t(...)

Eilís O’Connell’s, ‘Capsule for Destinies Unknown’, 2017. Photograph: Steve Russell Studios, courtesy Gallery Pangolin

A 14-metre long, tapered tube of galvanised steel lies outside Chester Cathedral. There’s a doorway, and a ramp to encourage you inside. Is it a torpe(...)