Culture

Queer eye for the literary high

Shuggie Bain is a Glasgow-set tale of crumbling families, ruinous addiction and blossoming sexuality. It’s also the Booker-longlisted best book of the summer. Its author, New York-based Scotsman Douglas Stuart, explains his hard road to publication, both on and off-the-page.

Tanya Maniktala: a suitable girl in a suitable cast

Leading from the front in the BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s much-loved blockbuster novel A Suitable Boy: no pressure for the 23-year-old newcomer. Especially as she’s backed by a 110-strong cast with one key unifying factor.

Our barbershop, in the middle of Every Street

Five years ago, photographer Nik Hartley revisited his Lancashire hometown and spent two days documenting the boys who regularly visited Stylz – a barbershop in the centre of its British Asian community.

Bone Soda find their Inner Light

The London record label has dropped a slick collection of tees centred around the themes of community and new-gen creativity. Co-founder Skinny Macho tells us more.

A post-lockdown guide to Athens

As countries open their borders for quarantine-free travel, including Greece. We asked writer and model Nassia Matsa to curate a coronavirus-friendly itinerary for your next trip.

A post-lockdown guide to Naples

Last Friday, 59 countries opened their borders for quarantine-free travel, including Italy. We asked performer Vincenzo d’Ambrosio and artist Sofia Ginevra Gianni to curate a coronavirus-friendly itinerary for your next trip.

A post-lockdown guide to Amsterdam

Last Friday, 59 countries opened their borders for quarantine-free travel, including The Netherlands. We asked local streetwear brand Patta and Dutch artist and filmmaker Mila Van Der Linden to curate a coronavirus-friendly itinerary for your next trip.

A post-lockdown guide to Paris

Today, 59 countries open their borders for quarantine-free travel, including France. Oh la la. We asked hip-hop party heads Yard Paris and the co-founder of Paris’ famed La Creole club night to curate a coronavirus-friendly itinerary for your next trip to the capital.

Art to see IRL

As the lockdown starts to lift, the UK’s galleries are opening their doors to the public so you can finally get your fill of some proper fine art. Social distancing regulations still apply. Enjoy – but wear a mask.

KiKi Layne refuses to be put in a box

The breakout star of Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is back on our screens with a role in a comic-book movie. Lockdown might have left her in limbo, but Layne remains resolutely focused on her goal: to break through the boundaries and limitations of Hollywood.

Lesbian couples madly in lurrrv

It was during Lesbian Visibility Day when London-based photographer Vic Lentaigne thought to reach out to her queer community. The result is smoochin’, huggin’ and a whole lotta luvin’.

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