Revel Guest: Triumph of the Spirit

"Bits of me don’t work so well," says Hay Festival chair Revel Guest, "but don’t force me into a retirement I don’t want."

Floella Benjamin: “I’ve always spoke out for equality"

The giddy rise of former TV presenter turned House of Lords peer Floella Benjamin. From Play School to baroness…

Polly Devlin: Why Don’t I Act My Age?

Polly Devlin is a novelist, art critic and 60s Vogue pioneer. Call her ancient. Or even antiquated – just don’t call her elderly…

Sue Ayton: Defying The Doom-Sayers

Older women in the media hear the calls for them to step aside. But it’s too soon, says TV agent Sue Ayton…

Chrissie Hynde interview: "Depression is an enemy."

Jane Graham

Rock royalty Chrissie Hynde reflects on her working class upbringing, kicking drugs and alcohol and contemplating mortality

Still Game

Still Game returns: "Something is burgeoning in Scotland"

Adrian Lobb

Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill reunite for Still Game and a 200,000-strong audience over 21 sold-out live shows. Beat that, Kate Bush.

Anne Ashby: Fashion pioneer, entrepreneur and survivor

Anne Ashby, picked by Joan Bakewell to write for The Big Issue, went from homelessness to the House of Representatives.

Joan Bakewell guest edits The Big Issue

Last week, the great Joan Bakewell guest edited The Big Issue. Here is her message to readers…

John Bird

It’s time Westminster rule got its marching orders

John Bird

"The Union has worked well for the cliques and parties that have ruled from Westminster and the lopsided Britain we have now"

Paul McNamee

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Paul McNamee

"This thing that has been started, a desire for greater self-determination, is reaching beyond Hadrian’s Wall"