Poet Isabel Galleymore imagines herself as a limpet. Read more
Poet Isabel Galleymore imagines herself as a limpet.
Writer and sound artist Belinda Zhawi imagines life as a southern African plains Zebra.
Writer Ned Beauman explores the world of the Devon beaver.
Playwright Sarah Kosar flies in the night sky with the soprano pipistrelle bat.
Writer Toby Litt is inspired by the world of the brown hare.
Rainsong in Five Senses
India and the Sound of Rain
Nandini Das curates essays from across the globe on five different experiences of rain.
Japan and the Taste of Rain
Australia and the Smell of Rain
Nandini Das curates global essays on five different sensory experiences of rain.
Paris and the Look of Rain
Nandini Das introduces another essay about the global differences in our response to rain.
England and the Touch of Rain
Nandini Das curates essays from across the globe on differing sensory responses to rain.
Maria Anna Mozart
The story of five women whose success was overshadowed by a more famous brother.
Lucy Powell explores the work of brilliant siblings through their relatedness to genius.
The brilliant women whose success was often eclipsed by their more famous brothers.
Where is Katharine Wright's place in aviation history?
Madame E Toussaint Welcome
Lucy Powell remembers one of the first African American film directors.
John Halifax, Gentleman
2/5 Clare Walker Gore explores how Dinah Mulock Craik subverted Victorian expectations
Books to Make Space For on the Bookshelf: Sindhubala
Preti Taneja on the writing and politics of Bengali author and activist Mahasweta Devi
Books to Make Space For On The Bookshelf: Closer
4/5 New Generation Thinker Diarmuid Hester on the transgressive writing of Dennis Cooper
Books to Make Space For on the Bookshelf: There's No Story There
Lisa Mullen looks at depictions of war-time factory workers in the novel by Inez Holden
Books to Make Space For on the Bookshelf
The Black Lizard
New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding reads the Japanese equivalent of Conan Doyle.
Clare Walker Gore explains how Dinah Mulock Craik subverted Victorian expectations.
Preti Taneja on the writing and politics of Bengali author and activist Mahasweta Devi.
Diarmuid Hester looks at the George Miles Cycle from punk radical Dennis Cooper.
There's No Story There
Lisa Mullen looks at the depiction of war-time factory workers in a novel by Inez Holden.
Blood and Bronze
A Portrait of the Artist
Professor Jerry Brotton explores the darker side of the Italian Renaissance.
Cellini’s early years are spent training as a musician.
Storming the Capitol
Having built a career as a goldsmith, Cellini becomes a soldier during the Sack of Rome.
Death in Florence
On his return to Florence, Cellini experiences the horrors of the plague.
Cellini roams between the great Italian courts, making art and causing trouble.
Crime and Punishment
Cellini is imprisoned for over a year in Rome, enduring various attempts on his life.
Cellini arrives in Fontainebleau to work for Francis I.
Forging the Renaissance
Back in Florence, Cellini works for Cosimo de’ Medici and creates his greatest work
Sex and Death
Cellini’s misconduct leads him back to jail, where he completes another masterpiece.
Cellini’s violent life leaves behind a controversial legacy.
Churchcrawls in Solitude
Diarmaid MacCulloch explores his life and work through five of Britain's historic churches
St Barnabas Jericho, Oxford
Folk at Home
At Home with Greg Russell
Greg Russell shares a Labi Siffre song with Verity Sharp that’s resonating under lockdown.
At Home with Rachel Unthank
Rachel Unthank shares warm family memories of songs she now sings to her own children.
At Home with Nathaniel Mann
Nathaniel Mann shares a song with Verity Sharp from his allotment outside Nottingham.
At Home with Owen Shiers
Owen Shiers shares a song with Verity Sharp that’s reminding him of his Welsh roots.
At Home with Karine Polwart
Karine Polwart shares a song about The Diggers to celebrate getting back to the land.
At Home with Fatoumata Diawara
Singer Fatoumata Diawara recalls early experiences that made her the singer she is today.
At Home with Chris Wood
Kent-based musician Chris Wood sings about solitude and sofas.
At Home with Lisa O'Neill
From her apartment in Dublin, Lisa O’Neill shares songs she’s written in recent months.
At Home with Suhail Yusuf Khan
Sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan sings an Urdu poem that’s resonating for him.
At Home with Eliza Carthy
From her home in Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, Eliza Carthy shares a timely song.
At Home with Kate Stables
Paris-based Kate Stables muses on being a twin and how starting over can bring strength.
At Home with Tenzin Choegyal
Brisbane-based Tenzin Choegyal powerfully recalls his Tibetan homeland in song.
At Home with Lizabett Russo
From her home in Edinburgh, Lizabett Russo reflects on her roots in Romania.
At Home with Falle Nioke
Falle Nioke plays the music of his native Guinea from his current home in Margate.
At Home with Peter Broderick
Oregon-born, Galway-based Peter Broderick sings in praise of the blackberry.
At Home with Sam Lee
Sam Lee sings of the sun and the moon and talks movingly about love and hope.
At Home with Stick in the Wheel
Stick in the Wheel’s Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter celebrate working lives and hard graft.
At Home with Germa Adan
At home near Birmingham, Haitian born Germa Adan shares thoughts on identity and belonging
At Home with Julie Fowlis
From her home in the Highlands, Julie Fowlis sings of seals, swans and the otherworldly.
At Home with Nancy Kerr
From her home in Sheffield, Nancy Kerr sings of old haunts lost and pastures new.
New Generation Thinkers: The Feurtado's Fire
Christienna Fryar looks at Caribbean earthquakes and fires and lessons for rebuilding now
New Generation Thinkers
The Feurtado's Fire
Christienna Fryar looks at Caribbean earthquakes and fires and lessons for rebuilding now.
Under the Influence
Jon Boden on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.
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.