Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Culture
12 September 2011
How did you come to direct 13?I was approached before Mike Bartlett, the playwright, had written a word. I was...
Society
12 September 2011
There is nothing the media like more than an anniversary. It's an easy way to tell a story again, to look back and see...
Human Rights
08 September 2011
You lost your daughter in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Does the tenth anniversary feel particularly...
Books
05 September 2011
The 9/11 Wars covers the ten years since the attacks on 11 September 2001. Did you see it as a first draft of history?...
Culture
01 September 2011
Each of the novellas in your new book has a melancholic feel. What prompted that mood?I think maybe it comes of my no...
Books
29 August 2011
We're not very good at death, or so we are told. We avoid talking about it, fail to ­accept our ­inevitable end and, in...
Culture
22 August 2011
Don't get me wrong: a good pun can be a beautiful thing. As with all wordplay, however, there's a time and a place....
Culture
22 August 2011
Your collection of essays Colour Me English reads in part like a memoir. Was that the intention?I'm one of those people...
UK Politics
16 August 2011
What's the mood like now in Birmingham?People want to send a clear signal that they're proud of their home city. They...
Culture
15 August 2011
What prompted you to fictionalise the story of your grandparents?I started out trying to write The Storm at the Door as...
15 August 2011
At least twice in recent weeks I've turned on the radio and heard James Naughtie wiffling about butterflies. It makes a...
Culture
15 August 2011
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Sport
15 August 2011
In early August, if you lie very still and close your eyes, you can make out a rumble. At first, you think it's the...
Culture
08 August 2011
Your novel The Lovers follows a widow on her travels. Why did you choose Turkey?My husband [the author Dave Eggers] and...
Culture
08 August 2011
What is August for? Of all the months in the year, it lacks purpose. The days are long and hot, or long and damp, or...

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