A chance encounter

Katherine Webb tells us how the discovery of a single photograph led her to the desperate plight of Puglian peasants, and ultimately the inspiration for her new novel. Read more
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Discovering Scarfolk

Today sees the publication of Discovering Scarfolk, which is based on the cult blog, Scarfolk Council by Richard Littler. We asked Mayor Ritter, the mayor of the real Scarfolk in Northern England, for his thoughts on the fictional version of his town. Read more
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I want to remember you in your imperfection

A few months back we shared Cold Pastoral, a short story by young author Marina Keegan who died at the age of only twenty-two, taken from her extraordinary collection The Opposite of Loneliness. In this piece, originally published on the Yale Daily News website, Yena Lee remembers her friend and roommate, Marina. Read more
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On Habit

Psychologist Vincent Deary shares some insights into the role that habit plays in our lives - from our need to grieve to the role of friendship and family. Read more