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Spectator competition winners: Halloween/ Occurs between/ The end of October/ And the start of not being sober: calendrical clerihews

16 November 2019 9:30

Your latest challenge was to compose clerihews about any date in the calendar. I was very grateful recently to eagle-eyed…

The Book Club: a literary history of 20th century Britain

13 November 2019 18:39

In this week’s Spectator Book Club, my guest is Christopher Tugendhat, whose new book offers a refreshing and thought-provoking survey…

Spectator competition winners: ‘By Waterloo Station I sat down and…’

10 November 2019 9:30

The latest challenge called for a poem that begins ‘By Waterloo Station I sat down and…’. Some of you begged,…

Spectator Books: is meritocracy a trap?

6 November 2019 18:03

For this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by Daniel Markovits, the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School.…

Spectator competition winners: ‘It’s no go the continent, it’s no go the Riviera…’ Poems about Thomas Cook

3 November 2019 9:30

The latest challenge, a mournful nod to the recently defunct 178-year-old travel company, called for poems about Thomas Cook. The…

The Books Podcast: the tragic self-destruction of the House of York

30 October 2019 12:50

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the award-winning historian Thomas Penn about his new book The Brothers York:…

Spectator competition winners: 50 ways to leave the White House

27 October 2019 9:30

This week’s assignment was to write the lyrics to a song entitled ‘50 Ways to Leave the White House’. While…

Spectator Books: Greek myths, reimagined

23 October 2019 17:40

This week the Books Podcast leaves its dank burrow and hits the road. I travelled to the southern Peloponnese to…

Spectator competition winners: ‘Bloody men are like bloody rockets’: famous poets on the Apollo 11 moon landing

20 October 2019 9:30

For the latest competition you were invited to step into the shoes of well-known poets and give their reflections on…

Spectator Books: how fake news took over the world

16 October 2019 15:24

My guest in this week’s Spectator Books is Peter Pomerantsev. Peter lived in Moscow for a decade as a TV…

Spectator competition winners: poems about the yellowhammer

13 October 2019 9:30

For the latest competition you were invited to submit a poem about yellowhammers. This sparrow-sized songbird has inspired poetry from…

Spectator Books: the sisters who founded modern China

9 October 2019 14:49

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast my guest is Jung Chang — whose latest book is the gripping story of…

Spectator competition winners: monstrous short stories

6 October 2019 9:30

Your latest challenge, inspired by Joan Didion’s wonderful essay of that title, was to write a short story with the…

Spectator Books: who was Susan Sontag?

2 October 2019 18:38

My guest in this week’s books podcast is Benjamin Moser, author of an acclaimed new biography of one of America’s…

Books Podcast: Israeli short stories with Etgar Keret

25 September 2019 18:25

This week’s podcast features the Israeli writer Etgar Keret, talking about his new collection of short stories Fly Already. Topics…

Spectator competition winners: Mogg-friendly memos

22 September 2019 9:30

Your latest challenge was to submit an extract from a government memo whose language would meet with the approval of…

Spectator Books: Elif Shafak on life after death

18 September 2019 16:59

My guest in this week’s podcast is the Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, whose latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in…

Spectator competition winners: ‘If you don’t whistle the correct tune, you may get maltweeted’: 21st-century fables

14 September 2019 9:30

Your latest challenge was to come up with a fable for the 21st century, complete with moral. James Michie, my…

Spectator Books: what makes dictators vulnerable

11 September 2019 13:52

This week’s books podcast was recorded live at a Spectator event in Central London. My guest is the distinguished historian…

Spectator competition winners: If Shakespeare had been an estate agent

7 September 2019 8:30

The latest competition called for estate agents’ details in the style of a well-known author. Highlights, in a cracking entry,…