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How to be hopeful: Chanel Miller on reaching for optimism after being dealt a bad hand
Once a week, the ‘pocket lady’ brought treats in her skirt to the writer’s school. The gifts weren’t perfect, but there would always be a second chance

18, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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How to be hopeful: Lisa Taddeo on the thumb injury that cheered her up
After losing eight people she loved deeply in a decade, the author of Three Women was feeling hopeless. But there came a surprising respite from her hypochondria

Lisa Taddeo

16, Dec, 2019 @6:00 AM

Time Poem by Alice Oswald

now the sound of the trees is
          worldwide

23, Aug, 2003 @12:23 AM

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How to be hopeful: Jung Chang on the moment she knew Mao’s China would become less brutal
The author reflects on an inspiring photograph taken soon after her parents were released from Mao Zedong’s labour camps

Jung Chang

15, Dec, 2019 @4:00 PM

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How to be hopeful: Nina Stibbe on why optimism is a gift – even if all your plans fall through
The novelist and diarist refused to hope, until she saw how much her sister gained from it, regardless of the outcome

Nina Stibbe

15, Dec, 2019 @2:00 PM

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How to be hopeful: Hisham Matar on the surprising lessons of silence
The entire history of literature is a noble failure, says the novelist, a beautiful, heroic attempt to say something more lucid than what goes unsaid

Hisham Matar

17, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Alice Oswald: haunted by Homer
Alice Oswald thinks The Iliad has been turned into a public school poem that glamorises war. So she has rewritten it – with the footsoldiers as heroes. The poet explains herself to Sarah Crown

Sarah Crown

09, Oct, 2011 @8:46 PM

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How to be hopeful: nine photographers on their most inspiring pictures
Joy in an orphanage, refugees reaching safety, warriors encountering a young rhino and the greening of a tropical hotel. Images that give hope for 2020 – selected by Sarah Gilbert

Interviews by Imogen Tilden and Tim Jonze

16, Dec, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Alice Oswald, poet – portrait of the artist
'As a child, I wrote in a little notebook I hid in a bush. It was 20 years before I went public'

Interview by Susannah Herbert

02, Oct, 2012 @6:04 PM

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‘Optimists make everything good’: 16 writers and thinkers on what gives them hope in dark times
Here’s hoping for new languages, better technology, solutions to the climate crisis, Samantha Mumba’s new album, a sequel to Hamilton – and the resurrection of hope itself

20, Dec, 2019 @4:12 PM