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Leeds Playhouse to reopen with all-female Yorkshire Ripper drama 15 May 7:01pm Leeds Playhouse to reopen with all-female Yorkshire Ripper drama
Charley Miles’s There Are No Beginnings is based on interviews with women who lived through Peter Sutcliffe’s reign of terror
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Cannes festival in row after director and baby blocked from Palais entry 15 May 11:00am Cannes festival in row after director and baby blocked from Palais entry
British film-maker claims she was denied access to Marché du Film, then told to pay fee for baby and wait two days for it to be processed The Cannes film festival has been criticised for its treatment of mothers and babies after a female director claimed she and her child were prevented from entering the festival site.
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Behind the bloodshed: the chilling untold stories about Charles Manson 15 May 10:24am Behind the bloodshed: the chilling untold stories about Charles Manson
Tarantino’s epic is the big draw at Cannes. But there are other Manson movies around – including one about what ultimately happened to the young women who fell under the murderer’s spell Over the last half century, one villain has loomed large over Hollywood. The gruesome murders committed by
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Top 10 books about Sudan 15 May 9:47am Top 10 books about Sudan
Despite 30 years of repression that have hit writers unusually hard, Sudanese literature remains vigorous. Here is some of the best available in English I was lucky to grow up in Khartoum in a house filled with books, at a time when Sudan’s public libraries flourished. One of the most startling discoveries I made as a child of about 13 was finding a couple of
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Dr Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb review – still a blast 15 May 9:00am Dr Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb review – still a blast
Age has not withered the queasy nightmare of Stanley Kubrick’s nuclear holocaust satire, starring Peter Sellers at the peak of his powers S
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Nature writing is booming – but must a walk through the woods always be meaningful? | Zoe Gilbert 15 May 8:35am Nature writing is booming – but must a walk through the woods always be meaningful? | Zoe Gilbert
When so many of us struggle to find time and money to head outdoors, nature writing offers us vicarious enchantment – regardless of reality Nature, as both a place and an idea, has become fraught with issues of privilege. Not everyone can access it, nor can they always afford to romanticise it. As biodiversity plummets, our attention becomes bittersweet, leaving nature lovers trapped in an increasingly tragic love story. Yet for any difficulty we may have in facing up to our collective destruction, writing about nature is booming. As readers, we relish these secondhand wanderings, recounted in gorgeous prose. We witness the author’s wonder, and aspire to similar experiences: the natural world as cure, as balm, as wise mentor; wilderness as a fount of authenticity in which we might find our wilder, realer selves. My own relationship with nature writing is complicated. I am disappointed by my hesitancy when it comes to these books. After all, that most heady brew, where sublime language renders nature’s glories anew is one I personally aspire to concoct as a writer. And I’m often enchanted by writing that achieves it, such as
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The Victorians by Jacob Rees-Mogg review – history as manifesto 15 May 8:17am The Victorians by Jacob Rees-Mogg review – history as manifesto
Confidence and moral purpose made Britain great, argues this poorly written book, designed to reflect the rightwinger back to himself at twice the size On the cover of
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Film based on Christchurch mosque shooting in the works 15 May 8:09am Film based on Christchurch mosque shooting in the works
Hello, Brother – named after a victim’s last words – was announced at Cannes film festival by Egyptian director Moez Masoud A film about the
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Rooftop pool? Notre Dame proposals defy traditionalists 15 May 7:59am Rooftop pool? Notre Dame proposals defy traditionalists
Designs from architects around world also suggest glass, crystal and metal spires An architecture firm has proposed replacing the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral with a swimming pool, as France prepares to
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Sam Lee: the Extinction Rebellion musician flying birdsong to the charts 15 May 6:34am Sam Lee: the Extinction Rebellion musician flying birdsong to the charts
He co-produced the RSPB birdsong recording that has hit the Top 20, and duets with nightingales – to highlight the beauty of a fragile world It’s just before midnight, deep in the Sussex countryside, and a small group led by the bravely inventive folk singer Sam Lee sets out to go singing with nightingales. We walk in silence in the dark – no torches are allowed – skirting a wood and then clambering up a bank on to a disused railway track. And here, in the bushes, a male nightingale is singing, blasting through the silence with a song that is astonishingly loud and exuberant, with a constantly changing, complex flurry of notes broken by periods of silence. We sit and listen, then Sam picks up a shruti box – the instrument used by Indian musicians to create drone effects – and begins overtone singing, where two notes are produced at once. “They love the harmonics”, he explains. Instead of flying off, the bird now joins in, singing even louder than before. And he continues singing when tonight’s guest musician, the composer and arranger
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A song of ice and ire: how Game of Thrones enraged its audience 15 May 5:09am A song of ice and ire: how Game of Thrones enraged its audience
The biggest show on Earth has faltered unforgivably and fans are very angry indeed. Can it claw it back for the finale?
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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones review – a marvellous feat of storytelling 15 May 5:00am An American Marriage by Tayari Jones review – a marvellous feat of storytelling
A wrongful conviction powers this Women’s prize-shortlisted novel of the black American middle-class experienceAfrican Americans are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of white Americans, and the negative impact of a criminal record is much greater for African American job applicants. How do black Americans navigate such a grossly unfair system, and maintain their dignity? Tayari Jones deals with these issues wisely and sensitively in
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Sex, dragons and dirty tricks – video games for Game of Thrones fans 15 May 4:30am Sex, dragons and dirty tricks – video games for Game of Thrones fans
From royal role-playing to battle simulators, these games will satisfy Westeros refugees as the TV saga nears its end
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Lost Property by Laura Beatty review – a phantasmagorical Brexit odyssey 15 May 4:00am Lost Property by Laura Beatty review – a phantasmagorical Brexit odyssey
A couple journey to the heart of Europe to unravel the roots of nationalism in this luminous upheaval of culture and historyAfter
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Outrages by Naomi Wolf review – sex and censorship 15 May 2:30am Outrages by Naomi Wolf review – sex and censorship
Repressive laws overshadowing the bedroom and the bookshop ... a study of gay Victorians and ‘obscenity’ In the summer of 1892 the poet
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What gets you hot? The sweaty, brutally honest show about bodies 15 May 1:00am What gets you hot? The sweaty, brutally honest show about bodies
They were a couple doing a performance about women, sex and bodily fluids. Then they broke up – and made it more explicit. Meet the duo behind Hotter
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