Adventures travelling blind in both 21st and 19th centuries. Read more
An Officer and a Swimming Pool: How I decided to Travel Blind
Adventures travelling blind in both 21st and 19th centuries.
Why There are 300 Seconds in a Blind Minute
Sight Seeing? Or Hear Listening
The Importance of Imagination
How I See With My Feet
On Holiday with Nietzsche
Becoming What You Are
Writer Ken Hollings reflects on his literary encounters with Friedrich Nietzsche.
Under the Mountain
For Everyone and No One
A Wanderer above the Sea of Fog
The Art of Ending
From the Source
Folk singer Julie Fowlis conjures kelpies, selkies and waterfall banshees from Gaelic song
Driftwood, a Victorian poison bottle and a sailor's lost boot. Potent inspiration for art.
The Art of Zen Fly Fishing
Once lead singer of The Undertones, Feargel Sharkey now gets his kicks from rod and line.
The Power of the Thames
Helen Czerski shares a physicist's view of the River Thames
Swimming the Avon
Poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett swims the River Avon in search of inspiration.
Hay Festival 2019
Reflections on Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel, Robinson Crusoe, from the 2019 Hay Festival.
Horatio Clare explores the castaway myth.
Alex Wheatle reflects on Robinson Crusoe's themes of imperialism and slavery.
Alys Conran reflects on what it's like to read Robinson Crusoe as a novelist.
The Essay from Hay Festival 2019
An elderly woman finds herself trapped in a small aircraft heading for disaster.
The Dead Dad Show
A would-be comedian has a strange encounter on the train from London to Edinburgh.
A young girl with a disability describes her relationship with her mother.
A man with compulsive cravings finds unexpected solace when he meets a young woman.
Le Festival de Men
A young woman looks for love at the first-ever Festival de Men.
The well-groomed Georgian
Alun Withey on what made 18th-century men shave off centuries of manly growth.
Sword to Pen: Redcoat and the rise of the military memoir
Emma Butcher on the publishing phenomenon that was the traumatised Napoleonic Redcoat.
Comrades in Arms
Tom Smith on the East German Military's fascination with its soldiers' sexuality
'Bedford, do you call this thing a coat?' The history of the three-piece suit
Sarah Goldsmith on an immortal trio jacket, waistcoat and trousers.
The Hard Man in the Call Centre
Alistair Fraser on the fates and fortunes of Glaswegian tough guys.
Brick, Stone, Steel, Glass
Pianist Stephen Hough on Wigmore Hall and how its 'shoebox' design catches the ear.
Novelist Melissa Harrison on the joy of 'sleeping with books' at Gladstone's Library.
Andrew Hurley on the haunting qualities of a 17th-century manor house near Preston.
Travel writer Phoebe Smith on Hafod Eryri and the chutzpah of building on mountains.
Nikesh Shukla on Watershed in Bristol and how it helped him fall in love with the city.
Glasgow School of Art
Author Louise Welsh reflects on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art.
Rochdale Town Hall
Novelist Beth Underdown on Rochdale Town Hall.
Malcolm's Place, Uig, Isle of Lewis
Author James Rebanks, the Lake District shepherd, talks about Malcolm's place in Uig.
The writer Bridget Collins takes us backstage to Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
Rame Head Chapel
The author Natasha Carthew on Rame Head Chapel, near Whitsand Bay, Cornwall.
Sidney Lumet and the Crisis of Liberalism
Michael Goldfarb remembers the mise-en-scène films from the 1960s and 1970s.
The Meaning of Sam
Michael Goldfarb explores the mise-en-scène filmwork of Sam Peckinpah.
Michael Goldfarb remembers the mise-en-scène filmwork of Derek Jarman.
The Ghost of the Time
Michael Goldfarb remembers the mise-en-scène films about Vietnam and Woodstock.
The Women in the Cutting Room... and Elsewhere
Michael Goldfarb remembers the mise-en-scène filmwork of female editors and directors.
Sinead Gleeson - Pain, Borders and Averting Our Gaze
Irish writer Sinead Gleeson talks about how pain, inequality and borders separate us.
Stephen Sexton - The Tory Islanders
Poet Stephen Sexton talks about the margins between language and image.
Wendy Erskine - Knock Knock, Who's There?
Writer Wendy Erskine takes us through doorways that open up portals into other worlds.
Ed Vulliamy - Forever Young
Writer and journalist Ed Vulliamy talks about the musicians crossing the age barrier.
Philip Hoare - The Haunted Sea
Author Philip Hoare transcends the elements and talks about being reshaped by the sea.
2019 - The Year of Blade Runner
1: Los Angeles, November 2019
Five writers explore Blade Runner's legacy, images and ideas. 1: Deyan Sudjic on the city.
2: Sounds of the Future Past
Five writers explore Blade Runner's legacy, images and ideas. 2: Frances Morgan on sound.
3: More Human than Human - Ken Hollings
Five writers on Blade Runner's legacy and ideas. 3: More Human than Human - Ken Hollings.
4: Zhora and the Snake - Beth Singler
Five writers on Blade Runner's legacy and ideas. 4: Zhora and the Snake - Dr Beth Singler.
5: Fiery the Angels Fell - David Thomson
Five writers on Blade Runner's legacy and ideas. 5: Fiery the Angels Fell - David Thomson.
The Weimar Years
Historian Jochen Hung presents his view of the Weimar Republic from Berlin.
Camilla Smith looks the the art of the Weimar Republic.
Author Katie Sutton looks at sexuality in the Weimar Republic.
Film critic Clarisse Loughrey looks at the cinema of the Weimar Republic.
Ute Lemper on the enduring appeal of Weimar music and song.
Legacies of 1619
Caryl Phillips reflects on the life of African priest Philip Quaque.
To mark 400 years since the arrival of African slaves in America, writers reflect.
Sarah Forbes Bonetta
David Olusoga reflects on the life of Sara, a princess gifted to Queen Victoria.
Under the Influence
Jon Boden on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.
New Generation Thinkers
Philip Roscoe asks whether our expectations of the lone entrepreneur are unrealistic.
Emma Rice reveals the influences that stamp her work as a theatre director.
Parallels and Paradoxes
Shahidha Bari examines the ideas behind the founding of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Shobana Jeyasingh on how different dance traditions inform her choreography.
Light in the Dark
Alexandra Harris explores the history of artificial light through literary sources.
Photographer and artist Tom Hunter on the impact that Vermeer has had on his work.
Looking beyond the Dead
Zoe Norridge ask why photos of Africa fix perceptions of the continent at its worst times.
Indian-born choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh reflects on the influences shaping her dances.
The Canon of Comics
Jon Adams compares the work of modern comic book enthusiasts to ancient biblical scholars.
Frozen's Idina Menzel, Dora Maar, power in publishing
Idina Menzel on reprising her role as Elsa in Frozen II, and surrealist artist Dora Maar
Sanchez Payne sits in for an arts, culture and musical round-up from West Yorkshire.
Get involved in Shropshire's arts, culture and community events with inspiration you need.
YouTuber Ahmed Zaman explores the world of social influencers and content creators.
Landmark: George Eliot's Mill on the Floss
With Rebecca Mead, Fiona Shaw, Philip Davis, Dafydd Daniel and Peggy Reynolds.