Ali Smith

illustration by Luke Waller
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The guest director of the Brighton Festival on Agnès Varda’s première and the Sonia Delaunay exhibition

An illustration by Luke Waller depicting a queue at El Celler de Can Roca
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Miranda Carter

The British historian on the pleasures of lunch and joining Twitter

Jane Owen

The editor of FT House & Home visits Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Illustration of a bonding father-son moment for Philippe Sands's The Diary
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Philippe Sands

The law professor on fathers and sons, and his film ‘A Nazi Legacy’

John Thornhill, the FT’s deputy editor

‘I have spent much of my life striving to understand Russia but it will be unfathomable long after I am dead’

Lionel Barber
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Lionel Barber

The editor of the FT on China, censorship and catfish economics

Jeremy Paxman

One of TV’s most feared interviewers ponders Britain’s general election

Geoff Dyer

The English writer on the terrors awaiting ageing authors

Kent Russell

‘Has a pigeon ever alighted on your desk? It is a cause for concern’

Jan Dalley

The FT’s arts editor on London’s Hackney Empire, the relationship between the creative arts and authoritarianism — and Hong Kong’s artful disorder

Jeremy Paxman

The broadcaster and FT contributing editor on his recent visits to Chile and Tunisia

Alice Fishburn

FT Weekend Magazine’s deputy editor on the discerning nature of burglars, Britain’s bureaucracy and spotting Tom Stoppard watching his own play

Randy Boyagoda

The Canadian writer on Salman Rushdie, Richard John Neuhaus and the relevance of reading and religion

Jeremy Paxman

The FT contributing editor discovers ‘the most revolting fly’, ahead of his salmon-fishing trip to Chile, and ponders a new definition of ‘DNA’

David Pilling

The FT’s Asia editor on the combined mass of sapiens and animals, trusting tangible assets and an interview with Aung San Suu Kyi

Ben Lerner

The novelist on his trip to Paris and London, speaking ‘received pronunciation’ and regional accents among animals

Nicola Barker

The novelist on the wonders of the BBC World Service, her peculiar diet and why Perez Hilton on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ is a metaphor for the world we inhabit

Jeremy Paxman

The FT contributing editor on Britain’s naval heritage, customer service and a new award for Brazen Nonsense of the Year

John McDermott

The FT commentator on the irresistible Mancunian swagger and the resurgence of a city where ‘confidence is a currency’

Elizabeth Spiers

The digital media consultant on her busy December schedule, her pregnancy, and the New York Police Department