William Blake

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Walton Goggins: “My dialect coach said: You don’t have the looks, so you’re going to need to work harder than everybody else.” Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Walton Goggins is in chipper form and he has a question: “I just did the 23-and-Me genetic test. My wife and my son did it at the same time.  It (...)

The coming year may decide the fate of one, if not both, RTÉ orchestras. Photograph: Frank Miller
A test of political will

The great English poet and artist William Blake once declared: “Let it be no more said that the States encourage Arts; for it is the Arts that encoura(...)

Patrick Meade: “I collect original book illustrations by artists who worked in London during the golden age of book illustration (late 19th and early 20th century).”

Who? Irishman Patrick Meade is deputy chairman of Bonhams – founded in 1793 – one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiq(...)

The Beatles  entered their most creative phase in the second half of the 1960s: costumes used on the  cover of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” feature in the V&A exhibition. Photograph: BIPs/Getty Images

Pick your way past Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery and avert your gaze from Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear and y(...)

 Bob Dylan during the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards  at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California in January 2012. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty

Maybe it should have been for music. Or style. Or sheer survival. But he got it for literature and that seems about right. Some say his lyrics are no(...)

Backward-looking nostalgic nationalism: when, exactly, was the golden age of Englishness that Brexiters want to return to? Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty

If you asked any pro-Brexit campaigner in the first flush of euphoric victory for a snatch of poetry, the repertoire would have consisted of two item(...)

Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and The Band’s Robbie Robertson (from left to right) onstage in 1976. Photograph: United Artists/Getty Images

Brownsville Girl From Knocked Out Loaded (1986) Written with the playwright Sam Shepard, this 11-minute epic is a wistful, shimmering, cinematic piece(...)

Marc Bolland has pushed through a number of much-needed changes at the retailer, including revamping the stores and improving its fashion ranges. Photograph: Getty Images

Hang out the bunting! Pop the champagne corks! Marks & Spencer is about to report its first increase in annual profits in four years.Chief executi(...)

 ‘Influenced by Zen and eastern spirituality, Thomas Merton defined contemplation as seeking God, coming to know one’s true self, and learning one’s relationship to the world. He regarded contemplation as the highest form of awareness.’  Photograph:  Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Seven Storey Mountain, which recounts Thomas Merton’s spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith, opens: “On the last day of January 1915, in a yea(...)

Ireland  international wing Tommy Bowe attending the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Wilson “Jack” Kyle, former Ireland and Lions rugby player in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish rugby legends have paid tribute to the one considered the greatest of them all as they joined friends and family of the late Jack Kyle at a spec(...)

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