Jill Segger's blog

On endings, beginnings and calling things by their right names

TS Eliot is the poet of endings and beginnings and of the paradoxes which dwell within that cycle.

Hope, myth and a small god

Early this month, I heard one woman say to another at a supermarket checkout “It doesn't feel Christmassy yet”.

Catching the frequencies of the unfamiliar in Advent

 November's end. The low season of a terrible year. We have seen suffering in Syria that is all but incomprehensible.

Remembering well: poetry, pity and truth

The 2016 season of remembrance is over. But the challenge of how to remember well never leaves us.

Daniel Blake and a safari to terra incognita

Earlier this week I went on a “povvo safari for the middle classes”.

Donald Trump: unpleasant demagogue or harbinger of fascism?

In a 1944 article for Tribune George Orwell asked 'What is facism?' – a question arguably more easily answered then than it is today..

Seeking a common spirit in dialogue: World Congress of Faiths 80th anniversary Conference

A fruitful gathering of minds may be measured by the questions it raises rather than by the answers it provides.

No abiding city: a parliament building for the 21st century?

The Palace of Westminster is falling down.

Deep looking and deep listening in the service of change

A series of 82 portraits by David Hockney portrays his sitters – famous and unknown, adults and children – in an identical format: every subject using th

Olympic medals, arms sales and national 'greatness'

Great Britain's success at the Olympics seems to be in danger of becoming a proxy for national 'greatness'.There are questions to be asked about this fie