Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making

Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio shares some tipsShould you use italics for movie titles? Do you put full stops inside or outside quotation marks? Is the Oxford comma for all lists … or just some lists? Should that ellipsis have had a space on either side of it?

April 25, 2016, 4:07
Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet quoted by Beyoncé in Lemonade

She was London’s Young Poet Laureate, becoming a voice for its marginalised people – now her work has been recited by the queen of pop She writes of places where many Beyoncé fans rarely go, the portions of London where the faces are black and brown, where men huddle outside shop-front mosques and veiled women are trailed by long chains of children. Warsan Shire, the Somali-British poet...

yesterday, 16:00
Slavoj Žižek: 'Trump is really a centrist liberal'

At a Guardian Live event, the Slovenian philosopher explains why he wants to ‘problematise’ Europe and why ‘the Donald’ is something of a paradoxDepending on who you ask, is either a darling of the international left; “the most dangerous philosopher in the west”; or, in some quarters, a cryptofascist buffoon, whose outspoken – although frequently ironic – stances against...

today, 14:51
Author Nan Shepherd chosen as first woman to feature on Scottish bank note

Writer Robert Macfarlane hails the Quarry Wood novelist, who will adorn £5 notes entering circulation later this year, as ‘a brilliant, progressive choice’The Scottish author Nan Shepherd, who explored the Cairngorms in her classic text The Living Mountain, is to feature on the new Scottish £5 note.Shepherd was chosen by the Royal Bank of Scotland board after . The new £5 note will enter...

April 25, 2016, 8:00
Jenny Diski in quotes: 'Nobody is better at having cancer than me'

The prolific author and essayist, who died on Thursday, was famous for her wonderfully honest way with words – share your favourite quotesDeath, drugs, Doris Lessing – there was no topic Jenny Diski could not tackle with her pithy wit and personable honesty. Diski, who died aged 68, wrote most frequently about her cancer diagnosis in her last months – but retained her ability to write in...

today, 14:13
Author Jenny Diski, diagnosed with inoperable cancer, dies aged 68

Prolific novelist and essayist who wrote a regular column about her diagnosis with inoperable cancer for the London Review of Books, has passed awayThe author Jenny Diski, who has written a serialised diary about her inoperable cancer since she was diagnosed in 2014, has died.The news was announced on Twitter by Diski’s partner, Ian Patterson, whom she referred to in her writing as “the...

today, 11:57
‘Listen, Liberal’ and ‘The Limousine Liberal’

Two new books address the disconnect between the lives of liberal elites and the people they supposedly serve.

April 26, 2016, 17:05
The Day the War Came – a poem about unaccompanied child refugees

Children’s author Nicola Davies has written this poem in response to the government’s decision not to allow lone refugee children a safe haven in the UKA few weeks ago I heard a story about a child turning up at a school near a refugee camp and being turned away because there was no chair for her. She came back the next day with a broken chair and asked again. I can’t remember where I heard...

today, 16:42
Footsteps: Tracing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Minnesota Roots

St. Paul shaped “The Great Gatsby” and other novels by a writer best known for his time in France.

April 26, 2016, 18:00
Warsan Shire, Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

Ms. Shire’s previously published verse forms the backbone of Beyoncé’s album and its exploration of family, infidelity and the black female body.

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