Writing is a solitary art. But authors shortlisted for the Booker Prize have to perform in public. Here's how this year's crop fared.
Once Britain slipped away from the Roman Empire in the early 5th century, signs of Roman life began to disappear.
There are so many opportunities for women in Hollywood these days, as long as they play roles that were originally intended for men.
Their compilation album Love Yourself: Answer sold 2.5m copies – that's twice as many as One Direction's last album.
At least one second daughter of a second son of the British monarch has ended up on the throne in her own right.
The real focus of end-of-days narratives isn’t the spectacle of collapse, but about what comes after and how it challenges our world view.
The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden has spent £50m to rejuvenate its image and shake off its elitist tag.
Was it a marketing stunt or a critique of the market itself?
The author of First You Write a Sentence makes a strong case for the humble full stop.
The female characters appear to reinforce traditional gender roles.
For African slaves, folk tales were a way of remembering their past and keeping their culture alive.
Too many satirists on social media misunderstand that it is humour designed to provoke change, not merely direct ridicule.
Embracing change is the theme of Doctor Who's fizzing series opener.
Monobrow, Instabrow, Scousebrow: here's one facial feature that deserves more attention.
Milton's famous defence of free speech, Areopagitica, was a strange choice for the attorney general.
Anything is possible in the world of computers games – except women who fight, apparently.
Proper horror should be more than just monsters and suspense.
What is it about Westerns that tempts so many musicians into ten-gallon hats?
Take the time to engage with poetry on your own terms.
The Wife: my research shows that this self-sacrificing form of wifehood is hardly history.
A tattooed professor explains how the unconventional became rather, well, ordinary. Will we now see more on show in the workplace?
The writings of John WIlmot, Earl of Rochester, were certainly obscene. But his poetry also gave us a new way of looking at the human condition.
The continued prevalence of fat stigma and shaming needs to be challenged.
Depression, addiction and misanthropy in cartoon form.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's funny, sassy, violent script doesn't make a drama out of the two strong female leads, it normalises them.