Linda Hoy reflects on the contribution made by Thoreau to present ideas about the natural world and the value of walking to mental and physical health.
To have a black academic defending hip-hop artists meant so much; it helped give our work currency. Dyson would still be critical of our misogyny and homophobia but he could see the brilliance beyond the b-words.
As the child of immigrants, Ray French knows what it’s like to have to shift between identities — and argues that this is no bad thing for a writer. He considers parallels between the Irish experience and that of other ethnic groups in Europe and America, and shows how this sense of difference has shaped his writing.