Ralph Fiennes

His incarnations of evil – from sadistic Nazi officer to Voldemort – have made him one of Britain’s most celebrated film actors. Now, in both the lead role and as director, he takes on the troubled persona of Charles Dickens

Why I write

Dickens’ abundance and Orwell’s asperity are equally inspiring

Dickensian themes

Aside from crafting great literature, Charles Dickens dedicated some of his time and creativity to designing his homes in meticulous detail

The hulks at Hoo

Through his photographs of derelict barges, Michael Collins explores the rich industrial past of the Medway