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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,…

Spectator Books: the best and worst of Auden

4 September 2019 18:17

Eighty years on from the start of the Second World War, my guest in this week’s podcast is Ian Sansom…

Spectator competition winners: acrostic politicians

2 September 2019 11:45

The latest challenge called for an acrostic poem about a politician in which the first letter of each line spells…

Spectator Books: the struggles of the care system

29 August 2019 15:19

My guest on this week’s Books Podcast is the poet and playwright Lemn Sissay. Lemn’s new memoir My Name Is…

Spectator competition winners: Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Brexiteers

25 August 2019 10:25

In Competition No. 3112 you were invited to submit an extract from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Brexiteers. The title of…

Spectator Books: Mick Herron on how to be a crap spy

21 August 2019 17:18

The spy writer Mick Herron’s Slough House series of comic thrillers has steadily established him as perhaps the most influential…

Spectator competition winners: William McGonagall on Magaluf

18 August 2019 9:03

Your latest challenge was to imagine William Topaz McGonagall’s poetic response to Magaluf. McGonagall was much taken with the town…

The joys of scavenging the Thames

15 August 2019 14:38

‘It’s very hard for you to really live in the day,’ says Ruth, ‘because you don’t know by evening you…

Spectator Books: books for the beach

14 August 2019 15:35

Even books editors have to go on holiday sometimes, so Spectator Books is taking a hiatus for a couple of…