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Take an old paint factory in a run-down and poor part of London, add a visionary Turkish director and what do you get? An unlikely theatrical triumph.

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When philosopher Hilary Lawson set up the largest philosophy and music festival in the world, his plan was to create a space where people could explore big ideas and have open conversation with each other.

 

Interview by Louise Ellis

 

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Is it a brooch made of diamonds? Or a sleeping dragonfly covered in dew? Amateur photographer
Miroslaw Swietek, who lives in a forest in Poland, gets up at 3am to capture shots of the insects inhabiting the trees around him.

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SGI Buddhist and jazz legend, Wayne Shorter, talks about composing music, creativity, and how his Buddhist practice has inspired a "never give up spirit" which is at the heart of his music.

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Maybe not… But one group of knitters – calling themselves the Yarn Stormers – claim their work is graffitti knitting. They sneak out at night and cover landmarks with bright woolly designs. Watch out for them in a city near you…

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Cutting back on one’s sleep to get more done is a false economy, according to recent scientific research. Our minds become creative powerhouses while we sleep, producing new ideas and solutions to problems.

Paul McCartney said he awoke with the tune of Yesterday in his head, and Robert Louis Stevenson reported that the idea for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde came to him in a dream! 

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After surprising herself by writing the bestseller Eat Pray Love, Liz Gilbert reflects on the nature of creativity, success and whether there is such a thing as genius.

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