Fiona Sturges

Fiona Sturges is an arts columnist, interviewer, reviewer and associate Lecturer at Southampton Solent University

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Out of the Ordinary, review: Macho men masquerading as altruists are such a turn-off

I listened to much of Out of the Ordinary, Jolyon Jenkins' Radio 4 programme about the black market in sperm donations, with a sick bucket close to hand. It was shortly after breakfast, the sun was shining and I'd not long finished mulling over the achievements of the 13th-century noblewoman Eleanor de Montfort, courtesy of Woman's Hour.

Radio 4's The Last Days of Troy, review: Lily Cole is a model queen in this bold drama

Simon Armitage's play is drawn from Homer's The Iliad and was staged last year at the Manchester Royal Exchange and at Shakespeare's Globe before being divided into two parts for radio

TED Radio Hour, review: 'Sting was in the way. I'm sick of Sting,' said Sting

The singer talked about the notion of being an artist in an episode called The Source of Creativity

Lily Cole stars in a radio version of Simon Armitage's The Last Days of Troy

Radio highlights of 2015: Lily Cole visits Troy and Chris Morris's On the Hour is revisited

Your guide to the best of what the wireless has to offer this year

The week in radio: The post-Christmas lull saved by Today and their selection of guest editors

It was a mixed bag, but Lenny Henry offered rare passion and warmth

One in seven British beer buyers bought non-alcoholic varieties in 2013

A booze-free Christmas: It would have been more socially acceptable to spark up a crack pipe

It's pretty much impossible to refuse a drink without having to provide an explanation

Radio 4's The Invisible Age, review: A wise, mature reflection on our ageing population

The Invisible Age, Matthew Sweet's terrific three-part Radio 4 reflection on how we view our ageing population, began with the sound of ticking.

Glorious retrospective painted Chris Morris as a surreal satirist with an eye for comedy gold

Raw Meat Radio on Radio 4 Extra showed the Brass Eye star wasn't just pushing at boundaries, he was pole-vaulting over the top of them and gleefully legging it over the horizon

Life-or-death medical matters are given the human touch in Radio 4's Reith Lectures

The first of this year's lectures was delivered by surgeon, writer and political analyst, Atul Gawande

How John Grant emerged from the booze and cocaine to find happiness (in Iceland...)

Addiction, illness and heartbreak; John Grant has been through it all. But could things finally be looking up for the singer-songwriter?
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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea