Daisy Dunn

Train trouble

‘Every holiday of my childhood was spent either looking at art or making it. I remain helpless to resist the pull of the landscape on one side and lure of galleries on the other’

Hot for lunch

If there is an art to writing after three courses and wine, I never mastered it. But now that the long, boozy lunch is endangered, I’m having serious second thoughts

Stick to singles

‘If Pliny the Elder were alive today he’d be fronting Frack Off’

Jam tomorrow

"We do so love a literary rejection, provided it isn’t our own, of course."

Little Britain

Miniature paintings suit the modern world — we live in a miniaturised world

Programmed poetry

"Every time I read of a new algorithm for producing a hit pop song, or software for writing a Man Booker-worthy novel, I know I’m in for a disappointment"

Minotaurs, Muses and modernity

Classical scholarship for love, not money, leads to some liberating interpretations

Deepdene: Rise and Fall of the House of Hope

The magnificent palazzo where Disraeli’s Young England group used to gather is long gone, but its grounds have now been restored

Maths For Girls

Talking about maths on aesthetic terms might make it more appealing to reluctant teens

Heaney’s Virgil Is Our Virgil

The posthumous publication of Aeneid VI is a katabasis for Heaney's father

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"