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Spectator competition winners: P.G. Wodehouse does science fiction

17 August 2018 17:35

For the latest competition you were invited to imagine a well-known author who doesn’t normally write in the genre trying…

Books Podcast: can graphic novels be considered literature?

16 August 2018 15:50

Among the biggest surprises of this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist was the inclusion, for the first time in the…

Spectator competition winners: ‘And did those tweets…’

13 August 2018 12:58

The latest challenge was to compose an updated version of ‘Jerusalem’ starting with the words ‘And did those tweets…’ One…

Spectator competition winners: finding the poetry in science

6 August 2018 10:00

The writer and chemist Primo Levi saw poetry in Mendeleev’s periodic table, describing it as ‘poetry, loftier and more solemn…

Spectator competition winners: misleading advice for tourists

31 July 2018 10:00

The latest challenge, to supply snippets of mischievously/sadistically misleading advice for foreign tourists visiting Britain, or for British ones travelling…

Books Podcast: Jesse Norman and how to properly appreciate Adam Smith

26 July 2018 16:29

Adam Smith is the most quoted and misquoted economist of all time. But was he the prophet of devil-take-the-hindmost neoliberalism,…

Performing garage on an orchestra doesn’t lend the genre legitimacy – it just sanitises the music

24 July 2018 15:33

When I originally heard that DJ Spoony was curating a night of UK garage backed by a 36-piece orchestra at…

Thomas Cole’s allegorical landscapes chronicling the decline of civilisation are sublime – but wrong

24 July 2018 11:53

For Americans, Thomas Cole is a household name. He painted America’s wild landscapes and lamented its destruction by the country’s…

Spectator competition winners: the day the internet died

22 July 2018 12:20

Your latest challenge was to compose a short story entitled ‘The day the internet died’. Phyllis Reinhard’s Don McLean-inspired entry…

Books Podcast: Ben Rhodes and what it was like to work for Obama

19 July 2018 15:44

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to a man who has spent more time on Air Force One than…

Spectator competition winners: elegy on the death of the High Street

16 July 2018 15:06

The call for elegies on the death of the High Street brought in a large entry that was poignant and…

Books Podcast: Margo Jefferson on Michael Jackson

12 July 2018 14:32

In this week’s Books podcast, we’re moonwalking back to the glory days of Michael Jackson with the brilliant Margo Jefferson,…

Spectator competition winners: Winston Churchill and Donald Trump take on the role of agony uncle

8 July 2018 9:45

The latest challenge was to cast a well-known figure on the world stage, living or dead, in the role of…

Books Podcast: Jay Rubin and the world of Japanese stories

5 July 2018 14:06

In this week’s Spectator books podcast I’m talking to the distinguished scholar of Japanese literature Jay Rubin, editor of the new…

Thank goodness liberals haven’t tried to spoil musicals

5 July 2018 10:59

There was a standing ovation from the audience at The King and I at the London Palladium on Tuesday night,…

Spectator competition winners: Hackety, rackety Donald and Vladimir – double dactyls about double acts

1 July 2018 9:07

The latest challenge was to compose double dactyls about double acts. I didn’t include the rules about double dactyls this…

Books Podcast: Judith Kerr and Matthew Kneale, writing in the family and the real Mog

28 June 2018 14:14

This week’s books podcast is a family affair: I’m talking to the children’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr (Mog The…

Spectator competition winners: #MeToo lit

24 June 2018 9:30

Anthony Horowitz’s reflections on creating female characters for his latest Bond novel prompted me to invite you to provide an…

Books Podcast: a psychedelic trip with Michael Pollan

21 June 2018 15:11

This week’s Spectator Books Podcast asks: is LSD good for you? I’m joined by the author Michael Pollan, who talks…

Spectator competition winners: a sonnet on Theresa May’s rictus

18 June 2018 12:02

The request for sonnets inspired by a well-known contemporary figure’s characteristic feature went down a storm. Entries ranged far and…

Glasgow School of Art is much more than just an art college

16 June 2018 12:53

Let’s be clear. This is not Grenfell. The word ‘tragedy’ may be all over the news, Twitter may be full…

Calling people out for ‘gaslighting’ is just a lazy but effective way of shutting down dissent

14 June 2018 15:38

Last month, the American short story writer Carmen Maria Machado spoke out about a disappointing interaction she had once had…

Spectator Books: Koh-i-Noor

14 June 2018 15:07

This week in the Spectator Books podcast I’m joined by William Dalrymple, co-author with Anita Anand of Koh-i-Noor: The History…

Spectator competition winners: a Pepys’-eye view on the royal wedding

10 June 2018 16:30

The latest challenge, to supply an entry by a well-known diarist describing the wedding day of Prince Harry and Meghan…

Books Podcast: music, doomed love, and Nazis with Paul Kildea

7 June 2018 17:18

It’s a first for the Spectator Books podcast this week: music! We’ve temporarily dispensed with our usual intro jingle to…