DVD: Red Hill (15)

Patrick Hughes's Australian Western pays homage to Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter, and John Sturgess's Bad Day at Black Rock, but it is fatally hindered by some poorly orchestrated action, terrible editing and weak characterisation.

Invisible Ink: No 80 - Arthur Machen

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A feast of flavours in Italy

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Leonora Carrington: Surrealist painter and sculptor who found her artistic and spiritual home in Mexico

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With Father’s Day on the horizon, don’t you reckon your old man deserves to be treated with a bit more dignity than socks or pyjamas?

Northumberland: A perfect playground in the north

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Red Hill (15)

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tommy Lewis

Blood &amp; Mistletoe, By Ronald Hutton

The reliable Hutton has produced a vast, enthralling history of a mysterious cult. "The Druids may have been the most prominent magico-religious specialists... and that is all we can say with reasonable certainty. They left no account of their beliefs and practices."

Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties, By Robert Irwin

This book is stuffed with a lifetime of reading, selective drug-taking, chanting, eastern travel and dancing, all undertaken in the search for God. Or at least the God within us, for Robert Irwin, novelist and scholar of the Arab world, is both sincere in his quest and, like all true searchers, terrified of the final encounter. In this memoir he reflects that "believing one is in love with the Invisible... was perhaps, like falling in love with a girl whom one has never seen". Yet two sentences later he speculates that "the mystic union between man and God was horrific and obscene, like copulation between a man and a shark."

Open Jaw: 'Anglesey rejuvenates man's inner spirit'

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Jon Fosse: All the world loves his plays. Why don't we?

Europe's most performed writer can't crack the UK. Brian Logan asks the author if his new play will

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Glory in the splendour that is the month of May

Writing about the natural world is of necessity seasonal. Social Studies, say, or Economic Studies need make no reference to the time of year, but when your theme is Nature you can scarcely avoid it. And having now written 51 weekly examples of Nature Studies, beginning in late April last year with reflections on the blackthorn, and moving on through harebells in high summer, sweet chestnuts in autumn and alpine birds in mid-winter, I find myself back where I began, blossom-surrounded and birdsong-showered – knocking on the door of May.

Next World Novella, By Matthias Politycki

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