Hearing audiences might feel that they are being kept at arm’s length and they would be right.
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel prompts a heart-rending nostalgia for what is in fact our living present.
The 2014 Eurovision winner already counts Cher and Lagerfeld among her fans. Now, her message of tolerance is going global.
With her monstrous phallus and pendulous balls, Britain's Sarah Lucas has sunk to the occasion.
Three prize-laden upcoming poets return with second collections driving poetry into the digital future and the human past.
Céline Sciamma’s third coming-of-age film subverts expectations every step of the way.
Top Five is a cleverly profane version of Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, but sometimes it veers into self-sabotage.
Set in a Manchester police station, Paul Abbott's No Offence shines with wit and human insight.
BBC Radio 4's The Language of Pain explores how we talk about pain - and why it helps.
Street poet of mental health.
As Rufus Scrimgeour put it: “These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today.”
Sometimes you need more than 140 characters.
So rapid has China's development been that at any given moment there are vast, empty proto-cities waiting for people.
New books by Louise Stern, James Kelman and Douglas Kennedy.
Rock's gothic - or comic - bogeyman gives a masterclass in transformation at the Royal Albert Hall.
Too often, films are very inarticulate when talking about books.
With screen actors taking the lead, Everyman and American Buffalo sparkle with cinematic swagger.
Gaming's literary roots.
They crossed paths while living close together in Reno - but the two heavyweights differed more than shared.
The first novel from Thick of It writer Jesse Armstrong addresses the morality of foreign intervention with jokes, slapstick - and a student play.
Mr Osborne's Economic Experiment reveals the chancellor's tricks.
This is real feminist history - work which was unheralded not just because it was top secret, but because women did it.
New books by Anthony King and Michael Barber invite us to assess - and act.
The debate over freedom is a complex, extended one.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
The Albarn-Coxon concoction sounds surprisingly robust.
The path up to Pendle. The sleeping beast. The purple skies.
Folk tell of witches burned or branded or drowned or hung
up there. They tell of failed crops, stillborn calves, murrain.
Always the women. Always the witches. Never the men.
Alan Titley's translation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille brings us a novel entirely in dialogue - and set in a graveyard.
He influenced writers from Salman Rushdie to Danilo Kiš - now a new novel by Maxim Biller takes us deep into the legend of the Polish-Jewish novelist.
Modernism's legacy seems to dominate refined taste - but you can't underestimate the power of a great story.