Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien of FoodCloud: “My priority is to do something I’m passionate about and that I feel is having a positive impact.” Photograph: Naoise Culhane

A quote from the 16th-century philosopher Michel De Montaigne is the maxim by which Iseult Ward lives. “‘There were many terrible things in my life, a(...)

What’s the point of an essay? Photograph: Thinkstock

If you judged humanity’s literary output by clicks and outrage, you’d think the art of essayism is dead. Contemporary taste is for unadorned informati(...)

There’s one philosopher who’s better than anyone for human comfort, and that’s Michel de Montaigne. Image:   Culture Club/Getty Images

There is a well-known quote that’s often attributed to Aristotle: “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” As far as I know, it was (...)

Dylan Thomas: a Welsh poet, apparently. Photograph: Picture Post/Hulton Archive

I recently found myself at one of those restrained, impossibly adult wine and nibbly food affairs where people discuss respectable topics in staid to(...)

I tweeted this line from Ruby Wax, comedienne and author of Sane New World, the other day: “Thoughts aren’t fact so don’t take them seriously.” The li(...)