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Kira Cochrane

Phyllida Barlow: 'Just going to art school doesn't make you famous'

She's taught everyone from Martin Creed to Rachel Whiteread, but it's only now, at 70, that Barlow is getting her dues as an artist.

Judith Tebbutt: my six months as a hostage of Somali kidnappers

Almost seven months after she was kidnapped from an island off the Kenyan coast, Judith Tebbutt stood in the bathroom of an opulent government building in Nairobi, wondering at her reflection. She had just been freed and was finally safe, but the woman in

Alex Kingston: 'Lady Macbeth freaked me out'

The moment Alex Kingston really started to worry about playing Lady Macbeth – and all the unwelcome spirits the play is said to stir up – was when her 12-year-old daughter, Salome, began sleepwalking.