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  • Anna Burns wins Man Booker prize for ‘incredibly original’ Milkman

    Judges unanimous in choice of Northern Irish winner for ‘utterly distinctive’ Troubles-era novel Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize, taking the £50,000 award for Milkman, her timely, Troubles-set novel about a young woman being sexually harassed by a powerful man. Related: Milkman by Anna Burns review – creepy invention at heart of an original, funny novel Continue reading...

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  • Winner of the 2018 Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize announced – in pictures

    Boxing, shopping, smoking, singing, swimming … the annual competition salutes the best in contemporary portrait photography, and with it the variety of human life. This year there were 5,000 submissions from 70 countries – here is the winning work from Keisha Ncube, plus all the runners-up and highlights from the accompanying National Portrait Gallery exhibitionThe Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize exhibition is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 18 October to 27 January...

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  • Snubbed, cheated, erased: the scandal of architecture's invisible women

    They are among the most talented architects of their age. Yet the credit, praise and awards have gone to the men instead. Meet the women who are tired of being written out of history Denise Scott Brown was an associate professor when she married Robert Venturi in 1967. She had taught at the universities of Pennsylvania and Berkeley, and initiated the first programme in the new school of architecture at the University of California. She had a substantial publication record, enthusiastic students,...

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  • Man Booker prize: Daisy Johnson tipped to be youngest ever winner

    Ladbrokes makes 27-year-old author of Everything Under 9/4 favourite to take the £50,000 award on Tuesday evening Daisy Johnson, the youngest author ever to make the Man Booker prize shortlist, is proving the most popular with readers with just hours to go before the judges unveil the winner of this year’s £50,000 prize on Tuesday evening. As the judging panel, chaired by Kwame Anthony Appiah, settle in to find a winner from the six titles they picked for their shortlist, 27-year-old British...

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  • Who would you nominate for a Nobel prize?

    The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts Given the chance, who would you nominate for a Nobel prize, in any category, and why? John Ryder, Kyoto, Japan Continue reading...

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  • Man Booker prize shortlist 2018: how do the final six stand up?

    The thrilling diversity of the longlist is gone, and picking a winner remains a fool’s game, but this year’s last half-dozen are all worthy contenders It’s hard not to feel that the cull from Man Booker longlist to shortlist was a calculated effort by the judges to strip this latest round of “posh bingo”, as Julian Barnes famously dubbed the prize, of its excitement. The longlist not only contained a number of extraordinary novels, it also seemed constructed to celebrate younger writers – six of...

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  • Landscape photographer of the year 2018 – in pictures

    Our selection of winning and shortlisted images from this year’s competition reflects the diversity of the British landscape Continue reading...

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  • Alternative Nobel literature prize goes to Maryse Condé

    The New Academy prize, organised to fill the gap left by the cancellation of 2018’s official award, goes to Guadeloupean novelist Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé has been announced as the winner of the New Academy prize in literature, a one-off award intended to fill the void left by the cancellation of this year’s scandal-dogged Nobel prize for literature. Speaking on a video played at a ceremony in Stockholm, Condé said she was “very happy and proud” to win the award. “But please allow me...

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  • Taylor Swift tells fans to 'get out and vote' at US midterm elections

    Singer follows up her Democratic endorsement with a political call to arms at record-breaking American music awards appearance Taylor Swift exhorted Americans to “get out and vote” in the forthcoming US midterm elections as she broke Whitney Houston’s record as the woman to have won the most American Music Awards. Continue reading...

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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie accepts PEN Pinter prize with call to speak out

    Arguing that authors have a duty to ‘call a lie a lie’, novelist also names human rights activist Waleed Abulkhair as the 2018 International Writer of Courage Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has spoken out about the responsibility of authors to engage with politics and “call a lie a lie”, as she accepted the PEN Pinter prize on Tuesday evening. Awarded to an outstanding writer who shows “the real truth of our lives and our societies” with their work, the prize went this year to the Nigerian novelist...

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  • Radiohead, Stevie Nicks and the Cure among 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

    The Ohio institution will select its 2019 cohort at a ceremony in Brooklyn next March The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed the list of nominees for induction into its 2019 cohort. Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, the Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus and Chaka Khan and the Zombies are all in consideration for the historic honour. Artists become eligible for selection 25 years after the release...

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  • Behrouz Boochani wins Anna Politkovskaya award for Manus Island writing

    Iranian Kurdish refugee recognised for documenting Australia’s offshore detention Iranian Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has won the Anna Politkovskaya investigative journalism award for his work documenting Australia’s offshore immigration detention program. The award, named after the Russian journalist who was killed in Moscow in 2006, is bestowed by the Italian magazine Internazionale each year to recognise excellence in investigative reporting. Continue reading...

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  • Civil rights leader William Barber awarded MacArthur grant

    Organization gives ‘genius’ grant to Barber, saying ‘he is effective at building unusually inclusive fusion coalitions’ The Rev William Barber, the North Carolina pastor, national civil rights leader and anti-poverty activist has won a 2018 MacArthur “genius” grant – one of 25 people to receive the prestigious fellowship this year, it was announced on Thursday. Related: 50 years after Martin Luther King's death, a 'new King' fights for justice Continue reading...

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  • Winners of the Photobox Instagram Photography Awards – in pictures

    Ted the poodle saw off competition from 180,000 other entrants to win the top prize in the inaugural Photobox Instagram Photography Awards. Celebrating the best photography by Instagram users, the winners were announced in a ceremony in London Continue reading...

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  • Why we need an award for writers who start later in life

    Some authors worry they are past it at 30, forgetting the careers of Chandler, Defoe and many others. Which is where the Christopher Bland prize comes in Sitting in a coffee shop just around the corner from the publishers, Canongate, of which Christopher Bland had once been chair, members of Christopher’s family and of the Royal Society of Literature were brainstorming a title for the new prize to be announced in his name. “Late writers” risked conjuring up the dead, while “older writers” raised...

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  • Turner prize 2018 review – no painting or sculpture, but the best lineup for years

    Tate Britain, LondonA marooned traveller, police shootings and a lyrical look at daily life feature in this powerful show of film and digital work by Naeem Mohaiemen, Luke Willis Thompson, Forensic Architecture and Charlotte Prodger It took me more than half a day to view this year’s Turner prize show – almost everything deserves a second look. One of the best and most demanding in the exhibition’s history, I also see trouble ahead. All the artists use film and digital imagery. No painting, no...

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  • Green Carpet awards sprinkle stardust on Milan fashion week

    Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett join Anna Wintour and Cindy Crawford for celebration of sustainable fashion The greatest misconception about the Green Carpet awards, which brought Milan fashion week to a close with a celebration of sustainable fashion, is that they are an alternative to the traditional red carpet. The true aim of the Green Carpet project is to rip the red one up entirely and replace it. “People called last year’s Green Carpet awards the Oscars of sustainable fashion,” said...

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  • Cinemagoers celebrate at Kenyan screening of banned lesbian drama

    A judge has temporarily lifted the ban on Rafiki to allow it to be entered for an Oscar Rafiki, an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance that was, until Friday, banned in its home country Kenya, showed on Sunday to a cheering full house audience in Nairobi. Nairobi residents will be able to watch Rafiki during daytime-only screenings at the Prestige Cinema in the capital for a week after a judge on Friday temporarily lifted a ban on the film, making it eligible to be entered for an Oscar....

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  • The Guardian view on lengthening books: read them and weep

    The judges of the Man Booker prize have complained that some entries needed editing. As titles grow longer, the patience of readers can shorten At 500 pages, The Overstory is a “majestic redwood” of a novel. Its place on this week’s Man Booker shortlist is testament that long books are fine by the judges. It’s the long-winded ones they rejected: “We occasionally felt that inside the book we read was a better one – sometimes a thinner one – wildly signalling to be let out,” said Kwame Anthony...

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