Mary Beard

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At ClassicsNow festival, audiences are invited to explore the  arts and ideas of ancient Greece and Rome.

Ranging from Irish theatre and dance to language, literature and myth, the first ClassicsNow programme begins on Friday, November 13th. In a new weeke(...)

In short, humour is a safety valve – and no matter how bad things get, let us hope that we never lose our capacity to laugh at whatever life throws at us. Photograph: iStock

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh”. The strict dichotomy between weeping and laughter that this implies (...)

Martin Scorsese: the 77-year-old director’s short film for the BBC brings home his vulnerability

Martin Scorsese’s Zoom call to the world is marvellous. If you haven’t seen it yet, he made it for Mary Beard’s BBC Lockdown Culture series. (It’s on (...)

Margaret Atwood: ‘I’ve often wondered about wartime knitting groups. What were they for, really?’ Photograph: Marta Iwanek/Toronto Star via Getty

As the first World War dragged on, volunteer women’s groups of all kinds formed in aid of the troops in the trenches: bandage rolling, preserved foods(...)

Love Island: Real-life sculpted hunks and hunkettes are engaged in semi-naked horseplay

There’s a bit in Mary Beard’s excellent art history series The Shock of the Nude in which she wanders around a room filled with sculpted classical hun(...)

“Attach the word ‘beard’ to a name and immediately great horrors are conjured up even in the dullest imagination.”
In a Word: Beard

I don’t get beards. Or tattoos. Back in the last millennium when I was younger tattoos were so verboten they were associated only with low, violent cr(...)

Leo Varadkar at Body & Soul: ‘I think it’s a case of changing views over time.’ Photograph: Allen Kiely

“I’m always a bit uncomfortable listening to male politicians talking about their journey,” says Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, of his path to feminist enlig(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

The Hardy Bucks: We haven’t seen Eddie, Buzz, French toast and The Boo since 2015

Yee-ha! It’s redneck heaven on the telly this month, with the return of those good ol’ Trailer Park Boys to Netflix at the end of the month, preceded (...)

David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama. Photograph: BBC

Perhaps it is because it seems so primitive that a red outline of a human hand from 40,000 years ago inspires such an immediate tingle of connection. (...)

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