Paul Vallely

Paul Vallely is visiting professor in Public Ethics at the University of Chester and a senior research fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. He writes on ethical, political and cultural issues. He has a fortnightly column in the Independent on Sunday and also writes for the New York Times and the Church Times. His latest book is Pope Francis – Untying the Knots. He was co-author of the report of the Commission for Africa and has chaired several development charities.

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Migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, rest in the harbour of Augusta, Sicily, on 16 April. They arrived in ‘barely seaworthy’ boats

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Kirsty Oswald (Desdemona) & Mark Ebulue (Othello) in Frantic Assembly's Othello

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Something deep in Tennessee Williams' play still touches us today

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The setting in Manchester's disused Victoria Baths is both the source of the production’s triumph and its flaws

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