Joan Didion: understands that, often, the only way to tell the truth is to be frank about the ways in which you are ill-equipped to do so.   Photograph: Neville Elder/Corbis Sygma

Eight or 10 years ago, I started to hear interesting reports from people I know who teach writing. Students, these writers told me, were expressing an(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Duke of Kent, president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, after unveiling a Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins will represent Ireland at events on Monday in Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War(...)

Hanif Kureishi: ‘You want to get more economical as you get older and get more work out quickly.’ Photograph: Getty Images

In Intimacy , Hanif Kureishi’s unflinching 1997 novel about infidelity, he wrote the followi(...)