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On my radar: Courttia Newland’s cultural highlights

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Courttia Newland was born in 1973 and raised in west London. After an early start in music, he turned to writing fiction and published his first novel, The Scholar, aged 23. Eight more books followed, including A Rive...

On my radar: Edmund de Waal’s cultural highlights

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Born in Nottingham in 1964, Edmund de Waal is an artist, master potter and the author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, which won the Costa prize for biography in 2010. He became keenly interested in ceramics at an early a...

On my radar: Roberto Saviano’s cultural highlights

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Roberto Saviano is an Italian author best known for his 2006 book, Gomorrah, a no-holds-barred exposé of organised crime in Italy. Born in Naples in 1979, Saviano studied philosophy and started as a journalist in 2002...

On my radar: Cornelia Parker’s cultural highlights

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The artist Cornelia Parker was born in Cheshire in 1956 and received an MFA from Reading University. She’s renowned for her large-scale installations – one early work, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, suspended the...

On my radar: Alexis Taylor’s cultural highlights

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Born in 1980, Alexis Taylor is the lead vocalist and keyboardist/guitarist of synthpop band Hot Chip. He formed the group with Joe Goddard while at school in Putney, London; he went on to study English at Cambridge. H...

On my radar: Claudia Rankine’s cultural highlights

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Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, playwright and a professor of poetry at Yale. Born in Jamaica in 1963, she moved to America as a child and later received an MFA from Columbia University. She is the author of six ...

On my radar: Paula Hawkins’s cultural highlights

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Born in Zimbabwe in 1972, author Paula Hawkins studied PPE at Oxford University before joining the Times as a business journalist. She started writing romantic fiction under the name Amy Silver, and in 2015 published ...

On my radar: Shaun Keaveny’s cultural highlights

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Born in Leigh, Greater Manchester, in 1972, radio DJ and presenter Shaun Keaveny began his career at XFM and in 2007 joined 6 Music, where he hosted the breakfast show for more than a decade, before moving to afternoo...

On my radar: Adrian Edmondson’s cultural highlights

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Born in Bradford in 1957, the actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson studied drama at the University of Manchester, where he met Rik Mayall. Together they became involved in the 80s alternative comedy scene and starred i...

On my radar: Domhnall Gleeson’s cultural highlights

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Domhnall Gleeson was born in Dublin in 1983. Following his father, Brendan, into acting, he broke through in 2010 with small but memorable roles in Never Let Me Go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (as Bill...

On my radar: Vince Staples’s cultural highlights

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Vince Staples, 28, is a rapper from Compton, California. Early on in his career, he was affiliated with experimental hip-hop collective Odd Future along with artists such as Tyler the Creator, Syd and Earl Sweatshirt....

On my radar: Tobias Menzies’s cultural highlights

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Actor Tobias Menzies, 47, was born in London and trained at Rada. He was Golden Globe-nominated for his roles in the Jacobite drama Outlander and as Prince Philip in The Crown, a performance for which Menzies was also...

UK ‘very interested’ in hosting US Space Force radar station

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An American space force plan to develop a global monitoring system to track objects up to 22,000 miles from Earth could establish radar stations in the US, UK and Australia. The head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir ...

On my radar: Laurent Garnier’s cultural highlights

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Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France in 1966, Laurent Garnier started DJing in Manchester during the late 80s, becoming a regular at the Haçienda. In the early 90s he ran several clubs in France and started working as...

On my radar: Simon Russell Beale’s cultural highlights

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The actor Simon Russell Beale was born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1961 and studied English at Cambridge University. He began his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company; since then his extensive theatre roles have won ...

On my radar: Shirley Manson’s cultural highlights

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Born in Edinburgh in 1966, Shirley Manson is the frontwoman of alternative rock band Garbage and was previously a member of bands Goodbye Mr Mackenzie and Angelfish. Garbage released their self-titled debut in 1995 an...

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