Dakota Fanning: “If you’re not challenging yourself, that’s no fun.” Photograph:  Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

For the longest time, Dakota Fanning was framed as an “old soul” by her invariably impressed co-stars. Glenn Close deployed the phrase when, in 2005, (...)

Daniel Craig: The other Bonds just  wore the suit. This one was scarily real. Photograph: Britta Pedersen

For decades the James Bond series has been the Rolls Royce of British cinema: deluxe film-making that maintains a reputation for excellence, while sim(...)

‘My adolescent self was very struck when she read Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel, The Bell Jar’

Sometimes, as an adult, you collide unexpectedly with your own adolescence. Without having time to prepare beforehand, the experience can be discombob(...)

Alexandra Kleeman: “The author is great on the beauty industry, including a wonderful sequence where A literally paints B to life.”

“B and I were both petite, pale, and prone to sunburn. We had dark hair, pointy chins, and skinny wrists; we wore size six shoes. If you reduced each (...)

“Don’t buy into it (social media). Just do your own thing. Meet your friends, talk on the phone and when you have something important to say to your friends, say it face to face.”

“God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of ‘parties’ with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces(...)

It does still loom up there, like Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar, threatening to descend sometimes. Photograph: iStock

As a teenager, I wrestled badly with depression. As is the case for many of us, I stumbled my way through an unhappy childhood filled with tension an(...)

Striking graduate designs in red with a heavy scarf by Zoe Redmond, knitwear by Aisling Duff, a casual split-colour outfit by Eavan Butler and beautiful pleating from Nino Sanaia

This year a record number of fashion students – 64 in total – will graduate from the two main colleges in Ireland, 37 from NCAD and 27 from LSAD. The(...)

Actor Niamh O’Rourke portrays  Countess Constance Markievicz at an Easter Rising centenary commemoration in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It’s Easter Monday, and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations, although like a good little pedant, I’m saving marking the occasion properly until(...)

Dr. Huiyi Bao, Lecturer, Department of English, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. PhD., School of English, Drama & Film, University College

Fudan University in Shanghai is one of the busiest student campuses on the planet. It has some 45,000 students who study everything from business and(...)

A faltering biography of Ted Hughes
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  • October 10, 2015, 01:00

Near the beginning of Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, Jonathan Bate reports that he frequently found himself asking, “How can someone so good be(...)