Federico García Lorca (left) with his family, 1919;

The trembling of the moment

On the haiku of Federico García Lorca


“The Pilgrim Fathers arrive at Plymouth, Massachusetts on board the Mayflower,November 1620” by W. J. Aylward, 1754

The Increasings

Assessing the lives and liberties of the Mayflower colonists


Protest against Jacob Zuma, Cape Town, August 2017

Waiting for the storm

Why South Africa needs a new post-apartheid settlement


A section of the Voynich manuscript

Voynich manuscript: the solution

What the ‘most mysterious manuscript in the world’ means


Harley Granville Barker, Lillah McCarthy and George Bernard Shaw rehearse Androcles and the Lion, 1912

A secret life

Challenging the legend of Harley Granville Barker’s retirement from the theatre


Muslim refugees seeking protected transport to the Purana Qila fort in Pakistan, September 1947

Staring into the void

Hirsh Sawhney finds candid descriptions of chaos and horror in the fiction Partition inspired


Aphra Behn by Peter Lely, c.1670

Beauty’s grand exemplar

Unknown since the early Restoration, a play with links to Aphra Behn


Jane Austen Festival, Bath, 2016

What does Jane Austen mean to you?

Writers and thinkers define their relationship with the author


Plashy fens

The limitations of nature writing


T. S. Eliot, c.1948;

Outside the catacombs

‘The Christian in the Modern World’: an unpublished lecture by T. S. Eliot