• 23 May 2018

    On Friday Ireland will decide whether to scrap its almost-total ban on abortion. Vocal proponents for and against reforming the constitution have powered a referendum campaign that has become increasingly bitter, but with a significant proportion of the electorate thought to have made up their minds. Our Social Affairs Editor Jackie Long is joined in…

  • 16 May 2018

    Christopher Bonanos is city editor of New York Magazine, the publication Tom Wolfe wrote for throughout his career.

  • 16 May 2018

    The celebrated American author Tom Wolfe has died, aged 88. Known for his flamboyant dress sense and even more flamboyant writing style, his biting social observations and satire came to define the ages he wrote about. From the 60s counter-culture to 80s Wall Street excess, he managed to combine critical acclaim with massive sales.

  • 4 May 2018

    For the first time in 72 years, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been delayed for a year. The awarding body, based in Sweden, has decided it needs to regain public confidence after a string of sexual and financial allegations were levelled at it.

  • 3 May 2018

    Hundreds of Jamaicans were among those to arrive on the Empire Windrush 70 years ago. But while the political controversy over the Windrush generation has raged, the Caribbean island is at the heart of another storm about the way cultural exports are treated by Britain and the rest of the world. From music to food,…

  • 3 May 2018

    We’re joined by the photographer Fiona Compton and Don Letts, DJ, film-maker and organiser of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Trojan Records.

  • 3 May 2018

    It started out as a parody of today’s grime and hip hop artists and has since become a viral hit around the world, referenced by protesters in Zimbabwe and even Jeremy Corbyn. Big Shaq is the creation of comedian Michael Dapaah and his hit Man’s Not Hot has clocked up an astonishing quarter of a…

  • 2 May 2018

    The poet, musician and actor Benjamin Zephaniah is the son of Windrush migrants and has just published his autobiography.

  • 1 May 2018

    There’ll be no more cheap booze in Scotland from today: it’s just become the first country in the world to impose a minimum price for alcohol. Health campaigners have described it as the biggest public health breakthrough since the smoking ban.

  • 29 Apr 2018

    We speak to American author Jesmyn Ward about the gritty realities of life in the Deep South portrayed in her new novel ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’. It is an intimate portrait of a Mississippi family in crisis taking in race, drugs and poverty.

  • 30 Mar 2018

      The actor, Michael Balogun is currently starring in Macbeth at the National Theatre in London – but his journey there has been anything but straightforward. He spent his early life yo-yo-ing in and out of prison for serious crime and in one of his lowest moments behind bars, he resolved to turn things around.…

  • 17 Feb 2018

    It was the scandal which rocked the Winter Olympics 24 years ago. When U.S. gold medal hopeful Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a masked stranger, her rival – and friend – Tonya Harding was implicated, and barred from skating. But Harding’s life was far more complex than the cartoon-villain image that emerged. We talked to…

  • 14 Feb 2018

    Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut has already made her an Oscar contender. Her new film Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story set in her home town of Sacramento, California has been universally acclaimed, with five Academy Awards nominations, including Gerwig as best director.

  • 12 Feb 2018

    Last week, the Freemasons took out a full-page advert in several newspapers claiming that its members felt “stigmatised”. It followed news reports about the fraternal organisation, questioning their influence in policing and politics. In response, the Freemasons called for a change in attitudes and highlighted their extensive charity work. But do their arguments stack up?

  • 10 Feb 2018

    Andrey Zvyagintsev is a household name in Russia. One of the country’s most acclaimed film directors his portrayals of life in Putin’s Russia are unflinching, unremitting and unforgettable. No wonder the authorities have fallen out of love with him. They refused to help fund his latest film Loveless about a divorced couple in a bleak…