You’ve got style: Brilliant books on creative writing

Dear Peter: An Open Letter to “My Uncle the Artist”

What I Loved: Swimming Home by Deborah Levy


The Big Mirror


Vivid Perspectives: On Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break

A String of Pearls: Reflections On Deborah Levy’s The Cost Of Living

Look, Look, Look Again: The Spurious Studios Of Andrew Grassie

Surreal Estate: London Stock At Safehouse Peckham


Best new paperbacks: David Szalay, Madeleine Thien and Dave Eggers

How to lead a more fulfilling life – neuroscientists, life coaches and doctors share their advice

Rowan Martin: ‘It’s difficult to get back into writing after having children, but mothers have important things to say’

Author Jessica Norrie: ‘Everything in the plot of your novel must be there for a reason’

Oliver Burkeman: ‘Scheduling seems boring compared to inspiration, but it’s the best way to get creative work done’

Lauren Razavi on freelance journalism: ‘Stop trying to be the best and start focusing on making your work better’ 

Lyn Gardner on theatre criticism: ‘As long as there is art, there will be critics’

Karrie Fransman on comics and graphic novels: ‘It’s not always the most talented people who are the most successful’

Julian Baggini on writing non-fiction: ‘Don’t settle for good enough but don’t demand perfection’

Comment writing: Guardian columnists share their tips on presenting an opinion with confidence

Author Helen Barbour: ‘I want to increase understanding of mental health issues through my writing’

Crime writer P.D. Viner: ‘You need to read and write a lot, but it’s a great life’

‘Night walks are a great tonic for urban stress’: your stories of the nocturnal city – Reader contribution to Guardian Cities


Exhibition review: Pronoia, Paranoia In Reverse, 12 Felstead St, London

Tate launch new UK partnership with EY and major Paul Klee exhibition

Exhibition review: Lure, Kate MccGwire, All Visual Arts, London

Exhibition review: Zarina Bhimji at Whitechapel Gallery

Exhibition review: Dedicated to the Workers and Unemployed, Santiago Sierra, Lisson Gallery

A Matter of Life and Death and Singing: Exploring art by Jimmie Durham

Exhibition review: Marcel Dinahet, Domobaal gallery, London

Exhibition review: We Invented Halloween, Michael Fortune, PEER Gallery, London

Exhibition review: Asymmetrical Cinema, Beaconsfield Gallery, London


Exhibition review: Arena, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria


David Shackleton: ‘His paintings remind us of the restorative power of nature in a busy, urban world’


Beyond the ghost town

THE FUTURE STATE – a creative research project in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London

Gone Girl and Broken Harbour: Contemporary Ghost Towns and the ‘Murdering Middle Classes’

Global Ghost Towns: Film Showcase