On writing a cover version of Shakespeare

September 26th, 2015

On the day of the first new moon of June 1599, at 3 o’clock, the new Globe theatre opened its doors with a new show – Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Everything was new – it was the spirit of […]

Barbara Hepworth’s epic works changed the face of sculpture

June 12th, 2015

Barbara Hepworth liked to say ‘There is no landscape without the figure.’ She was born in Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1903. What she saw, the earliest imprints on her retina, were dramatic forms; outcrops and crags, peaks […]

The day Ruth Rendell spoke to me from beyond the grave

November 20th, 2015

Do you believe in life after death? The house phone rings. I answer it. “Hello?” No answer. This happens all day long. At 5pm, I call psychic medium Laura Lynne Jackson in the United States for an arranged reading. After […]

When unmarried mothers were blamed for everything

October 11th, 2015

The long, sad history of children separated from their mothers has been the brief of The Foundling Museum in London since it opened on the site of the old Foundling Hospital, an orphanage that closed its doors in the Fifties. […]

Why I fasted for eleven days

July 11th, 2015

Everybody knows about fast food. Scoffing that factory blend of hormone-heavy protein, sluggish starch, industrial trans-fats and E-numbers, is the reason why most people have also heard of the Fast Diet: 5-2, where you restrict your calorie intake by three-quarters […]