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Ellen Peirson-Hagger is the New Statesman’s culture assistant.
Diary, She Wrote, a podcast by Liz Beardsell, has encouraged me to write in my diary every day during lockdown. Will it last?
Ernaux understands that writing honestly about her parents is a form of betrayal – but she does it anyway.
The Scottish-American novelist was the bookies’ favourite and only white male author on the shortlist. But his novel Shuggie Bain tells a tale that has hardly been told before.
The 16th studio album by the Australian six-piece, who have experimented in surfer rock, jazz and metal, reflects an entirely different way of understanding music.
Since it was unveiled in north London, a new sculpture commemorating the feminist pioneer has found itself at the centre of a fierce debate. Why?
The “genre contrarian” wins this year’s prize for “fiction at its most novel” with an uncanny tale of Brexit Britain.
The Icelandic multi-instrumentalist’s latest record is his most vulnerable – and therefore most thrilling – yet.
The Chinese novelist on her Goldsmiths-shortlisted book A Lover’s Discourse, her love of Roland Barthes, and why fragmented narratives best represent modern life.
Many hundreds of arts organisations received financial support from the £1.57bn package, but many others didn’t. Who decides their “cultural significance”?
The poet and former Young People’s Laureate for London discusses police racism, growing up on the North Peckham estate, and working against poetry’s “elitist” expectations.