News Cacheco reads one of his poems in Mexico City; his birthplace formed the backdrop to his writing

Jose Emilio Pacheco was considered one of the finest writers in the Spanish language, winning the Cervantes Prize for Literature in 2009, the highest award for writers in what is the native language of more than 300 million people. The award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture was presented at the University of Alcala by Spain's King Juan Carlos. In his later years Pacheco became visiting Professor of Literature at the University of Essex.

Newly appointed Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman

Noughts and Crosses author Malorie Blackman appointed Britain's first black Children's Laureate

'As a teenager I read all these books but never read one that featured a black child like me,' the bestselling author says

Jemima Layzell, the 13-year-old schoolgirl who died from a brain aneurism, and whose parents have published her private diaries

Parents of girl who died of brain aneurism aged 13 publish her private diaries

The parents of a 13-year-old schoolgirl who died from a brain aneurism have published her private diaries.

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Paperback review: You & I, By Padgett Powell

Godot misses another appointment

Paperback review: Who is Ozymandias? And Other Puzzles in Poetry, By John Fuller

"A poem should not mean, but be," in Archibald MacLeish's famous words.

Invisible Ink: No 174 - Jennifer Dawson

Call it the Marcel Proust Syndrome; there are plenty of writers who managed to carve out brilliant careers despite suffering poor health. In particular, mental problems crop up so frequently that they sometimes seem almost a prerequisite for producing literature. Jennifer Dawson was a Londoner, born into a family of Fabian socialists in 1929, whose illness first made itself apparent during her time at Oxford, where she was reading modern English. The privilege and patriarchy of her college surroundings triggered a profound sense of alienation and loneliness, causing a breakdown that saw her placed in a hospital.

Film review: My Neighbour Totoro

Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Voices Toshiyuki Amagasa, Shigeru Chiba, 86mins

Sotheby's director of the department of printed books and manuscripts Dr Philip Errington poses for photographers with a first edition copy of the first Harry Potter book

First edition of Harry Potter with annotations by JK Rowling fetches wizard £150,000 price

A first edition of the first in the Harry Potter series containing hand drawings and annotations by author JK Rowling has sold at auction for £150,000.

The glorious Wormsley cricket ground in beautiful Bucks

Amol Rajan: The loveliest place to play the game

Rajan's Wrong 'Un

Review: CS Lewis, A Life, By Alistair Mcgrath

More light on the man inside the wardrobe

The Blagger's Guide To: Children's books in translation

Once upon a time in Icelandic, Danish, German, French ...

One Minute With: Marcel Theroux, novelist

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Hull City's George Boyd is mobbed by fans as he leaves the pitch

Hull City 2 Cardiff City 2 match report: Tigers triumphant after a day of ups and staying downs

'I've never seen anything like it,' says Steve Bruce as he leads his side to Premier League riches

Five-year-old Kentucky boy shoots dead sister, 2, with 'my first rifle' he was given as a gift

A boy of five has shot dead his two-year-old sister in the US with a rifle he was given as a present.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003