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Inspiring Innovators: when she felt most adrift in her youth, the award-winning rapper Ms Dynamite received invaluable guidance from Celia Greenwood, the founder of Wac Arts

After growing up in Swaziland, he moved to London in 1982 and appeared in everything from “Withnail and I” to “Downton Abbey”. His favourite places come with a splash of luxury and a dash of humour

He claims to hate selling what he makes, and won’t give interviews. Usually. Isabel Lloyd enters the hidden world of Joel Arthur Rosenthal

Short Read: for his classical-music highlight, Michael Church picks the Chinese-American cellist who bridges the gap between East and West

THEME OF THE WEEK...FANTASY

Landscapes of the Mind: Gormenghast is a castle, a city, a world. Robert Macfarlane gets lost in it

Charles Emerson likes shooting mountains so much, he does it several times, in different light, then merges the shots. His photo essay captures their moods and meanings. He spoke to Simon Willis about how he does it

Notes on a Voice: Nicholas Barber unpicks the strands of a teeming graphic world where nothing is left to chance

They were the stories that shaped a generation. But how, exactly? Katherine Rundell, a fan who is now a novelist herself, works it out

  • GET ME A TAXI

    Photo Essay: when a natural-history museum is renovated, what happens to its inhabitants? Helge Skodvin captures some unusual removals at the University Museum of Bergen, and tells Samantha Weinberg about what he found read more »
  • KIDS WITH GUNS

    A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage splats his rivals in Splatoon, samples virtual reality on the cheap and judges Apple's bid to dethrone Spotify read more »
  • LIGHTING UP MEMORIES

    Short Read: bereft, abandoned and broke, Jessica Pratt recorded her second album at home in her bedroom. Hazel Sheffield is captivated by its mysterious songs read more »
  • TO IRONY AND BEYOND

    Almost alone among the senior citizens of song, Randy Newman is writing as well as he ever was. As “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” turns 20, and a new album slots slowly into place, Tim de Lisle tags along with him read more »
  • WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL SUBJECT?

    The Big Question: a little learning is a dangerous thing. So what should we spend most time studying? Philip Pullman, Rose Tremain and five others choose their favourite subjects—whether they already exist or not read more »
  • THE PLATE-TECTONICS REVOLUTION

    The Music of Science: what does the Pacific have that the Atlantic doesn’t? Earthquakes. Why? Plate tectonics. Oliver Morton explains read more »
  • INFUSED WITH MUSING MELANCHOLY

    Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson recommends a gripping crime debut. Plus the new Harper Lee, which is very good in parts read more »
  • VOTE GAVRON

    “Suffragette” is a period film that challenges all the conventions of period films. For its director, Sarah Gavron, it was a six-year labour of love. She tells Julie Kavanagh how its story of pioneering women chimes with her own read more »
  • THE CHERRY ON THE CAKE

    The Kitchen Dialogues: Christopher Hirst tackles Arnaud Schon's summer trifle with a Black Forest makeover read more »
  • FUKUSHIMA: ONE MAN’S STORY

    It was Japan’s worst nightmare: an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear meltdown. Henry Tricks tells the tale of a single survivor read more »