It’s rare to get a proper treat in your inbox, but we reckon we’ve found one. Nick Cave, musician and author of The Red Hand Files, uses his newsletter to answer fan letters. In his answers, he talks with nuance and depth, to create connections on topics ranging from grief to transcendental meditation, and from mental health to his favourite instrument. The New Yorker wrote about The Red Hand Files back in 2016, read what they thought here. Sign up to Nick’s future missives here.

Bernardine Evaristo is having a moment. Or it more accurately, she’s having a year. Since she became the first black woman to win the Booker Prize for her novel Girl. Woman. Other in 2019, she’s gone on to guest edit the Sunday Times, become the first black British writer to top the UK paperback fiction charts and been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. On this podcast, she talks to author Elizabeth Day about the power of positive manifestation, radical feminism and how she once failed to drive from England to Australia. Listen here.

This week, the Guardian has launched a new content series. Young, British and Black: The Voices behind the UK’s anti-racism protests, profiles 50 young activists as they talk about their experiences of racism growing up, their hopes for the future and why they couldn’t stay silent. Eye opening and inspiring. Read the profiles here.

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