Alan Johnson

The former home secretary on Hull’s renaissance and Britain’s enthusiasm for book festivals

Barney Jopson

The FT’s Washington correspondent on Taiwan’s bubble milk tea, and the island’s appreciation of all things Japanese

Jonathan Ford

The FT’s chief leader writer attends Summer in the City and gets a first-hand taste of the fervour that pervades the event

Armand Marie Leroi

The professor and author on his dream villa, reconstructing American pop music history and dating Jerry Hall

Jonathan Eley

The FT’s personal finance editor on doing assault courses, trying ‘tartiflette’, and discovering free Evian mineral water

Nicola Barker

The novelist on how society regards bald frankness, getting to grips with glasses frame-making and her parish priest’s leaving

Elizabeth Spiers

Why a meditation workshop might be a necessary antidote to the ticking alarm clock of life

Adnan Sarwar

The writer and former British soldier on poetry in translation, Hemingway in Cuba, and fighting in Syria

Jonathan Eley

The FT Money editor takes a trip to Geneva, visits Cern, and flies back to Britain for a family office forum

Gideon Rachman

The FT’s chief foreign affairs commentator follows the World Cup in Brazil, making sure he had his tickets with him at all times

The Diary: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

The FT’s US news editor visits Wuhan, China, gets a taste of its pollution and witnesses the emptying out of rural areas

The Diary: Caroline Daniel

The editor of FT Weekend attends the ‘out-of-the-box’ Kinnernet Europe ‘unconference’ and a garden party hosted by the Queen

The Diary: AN Wilson

The author on his wife’s birthday treat and his BBC tribute to conservationist and poet John Betjeman

Five days with Teju Cole

The US novelist travels from Amman to Ramallah to attend the Palestine Festival of Literature

The Diary: Nicola Barker

The British novelist recounts an embarrassing incident at the Charleston literary festival

Jim Pickard’s diary

The FT’s UK chief political correspondent on staging an illusions-with-music exhibition at Sunderland University

Izabella Kaminska

The FT Alphaville reporter on organising a tented event for finance types, moving back to London from Geneva and operating drones

Joshua Ferris’s diary

The novelist on America’s gun laws and the unnerving power of New York’s doormen

Ha-Joon Chang

The South Korean economist on anchovies, aubergines and unorthodox economics

Constantine Phipps

The novelist delights in folk music, rhyming couplets and train journeys

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