We speak to the British-Australian director, Rachel Ward, about her latest film, Beautiful Kate. It tells the story of a writer who returns to the remote and isolated family home in rural Australia to say goodbye to his father who is dying. His return leads to revelations about the family's troubled past. Rachel Ward talks to Harriet about the film, what it's like to direct her real-life husband Bryan Brown, and the trouble she had casting younger versions of the main characters.Beautiful Kate
They're being hailed as Jamaica's answer to the Buena Vista Social Club. The Jolly Boys, a group of elderly musicians who performed in front of Hollywood's greats in 50's and 60's now back onstage Nick Davies reports.
Zwelethu Mthethwa is one of South Africa's best known artists. His colour photographs of the residents of Paari, a settlement near Cape Town, made a point of portraying it not as a shabby shanty town but as characterised by dignity and dreams. His new exhibition at the Studio Museum, Harlem, brings together three series of photographs, Empty Beds, Interiors and Common Ground. We hear about the inspiration to compare fire damaged homes in South Africa to those in New Orleans after Katrina.
A century after James Joyce crafted some of the seminal works of Irish fiction, his native Dublin city has been declared a UNESCO City of Literature. Joseph O'Connor takes The Strand on a guided tour of the city's literary and historical landmarks.Click here to see photos of Joseph O'Connor's guided tour
Somaliland literary festival
Author Nadifa Mohammed reports from the annual literary festival in Hargeisa, Somaliland. This year, the festival is exploring the theme of citizenship, following a general election last month.
30 years of Back in Black
The heavy rock group AC/DC released their album, Back in Black, 30 years ago this week. It has sold nearly 50 million copies worldwide making it the second highest selling LP of all time. For The Strand, the Australian poet, John Kinsella, explains its magic.
Harriett talks to young Jamaican novelist Kei Miller. His new book The Warner Woman tells the story of Adamine, who finds that when she moves to England her dire warnings - which were taken seriously in Jamaica - are seen as a sign of madness.
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…