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Spectator competition winners: David Attenborough on the World Cup Lionesses

8 July 2019 11:23

For the latest challenge you were invited to succumb to Women’s World Cup fever and submit a fragment of commentary…

Would Faber & Faber still exist without T.S. Eliot?

3 July 2019 16:44

This year the publishers Faber & Faber celebrate their 90th birthday, and to honour the occasion I’m joined by Toby…

Stormzy was good but Miley Cyrus was better: Glastonbury Festival reviewed

1 July 2019 15:24

Glastonbury was almost ruined for me by Kylie Minogue. Very selfishly, she started her sunbaked set – in the Sunday…

Spectator competition winners: Theresa May’s life in three limericks

30 June 2019 9:30

Your latest challenge was to encapsulate the life story of a well-known person, living or dead, in three limericks. The…

The Books Podcast: the right way to write with Benjamin Dreyer

26 June 2019 12:04

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast my guest is Benjamin Dreyer — whose name is pronounced, as I discover live…

Spectator competition winners: ‘The hour is come: Now, Gods, stand up for Boris!’ (Shakespearean soliloquies from would-be prime ministers)

23 June 2019 9:30

For the latest literary challenge you were invited to submit a Shakespearean soliloquy delivered by one of the contenders for…

Books Podcast: writings of the working class

19 June 2019 11:00

In this week’s books podcast Kit de Waal is here to talk about her new anthology of working-class memoir, Common…

Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove leaves from 10 Downing Street in central London on March 20, 2018 after attending the weekly meeting of the Cabinet. Britain and the European Union on March 19 reached a landmark deal on a transition phase that will see London follow the bloc's rules for nearly two years after the Brexit divorce. Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Davis said the agreement, which European leaders will sign at a summit this week, was a "decisive step". (Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Spectator competition winners: Gradgrind’s fan letter to Michael Gove

15 June 2019 8:27

The idea for the latest challenge — to compose a fan letter from one well-known person from the field of…

I never wanted it to end: Royal Ballet’s Triple Bill and Fonteyn celebration reviewed

14 June 2019 12:21

Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration Royal Opera House The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C Royal…

Books Podcast: does tripping balls tell us anything profound about human consciousness?

12 June 2019 19:32

This week’s books podcast promises to be a trip. I’m joined by Mike Jay to talk about the history of…

Spectator competition winners: ‘Please quit all that huddling…’: contemporary takes on ‘The New Colossus’

10 June 2019 9:32

The latest challenge was an invitation to compose a contemporary take on ‘The New Colossus’, the 1883 sonnet by Emma…

Books Podcast: Chaucer’s European roots

5 June 2019 17:19

In this week’s books podcast we’re talking about why the Father of English Poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer, at least half belongs…

Spectator competition winners: odes to Alexa and Siri

2 June 2019 9:30

For the latest competition you were challenged to submit an ode to Alexa or Siri. A recent study by Unesco,…

The Books Podcast: science fiction from Jim Al-Khalili

29 May 2019 17:25

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by the physicist Jim Al-Khalili (host of Radio Four’s The Life Scientific) to…

The Books Podcast: Rory Stewart in conversation with Sam Leith

28 May 2019 13:47

Rory Stewart is the back-of-field Tory leadership candidate who’s catching most attention at the moment; popping up all over London…

Jacopo Ligozzi’s chimera

Spectator competition winners: ‘A beast whose name links Cor with May…’

26 May 2019 9:30

For the latest competition, you were asked to dream up an imaginary animal that is a hybrid of two existing…

Rest in peace, Judith Kerr

23 May 2019 11:25

I am so, so sad to hear about the death of Judith Kerr. I last saw her only a month…

The Books Podcast: what makes Shakespeare special?

22 May 2019 17:11

In this week’s books podcast my guest is Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford, who’s talking…

The Green Room Podcast: who are Europe’s ‘Civilisationists’?

20 May 2019 12:28

Thirty years ago, protests, riots and murders followed the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. Three decades later, we…

You can’t blame politics (or Brexit) for Britain’s Eurovision woe

19 May 2019 22:56

Yes, Eurovision is political – but for 20 years now, this fact has been used as an excuse to explain…