Back in the day, when I started, you were still allowed to make mistakes. You got to make your mistakes in public, in a way. I think the world was a more forgiving when I started my career, in the sense that we got time and space to develop as a writer.

Val McDermid

I wanted 'The South Bank Show' to reflect my own life and that of the team around me; to stretch the accepted boundaries and challenge the accepted hierarchies of the arts; to include pop music as well as classical music, television drama as well as theatre drama, and high-definition performers in comedy.

Melvyn Bragg

I'm not the next J. K. Rowling. We've got one already. It's flattering to be compared to her. I like her books and loved the first three particularly, but apart from the fact that they've got young boys as heroes, they're very different.

Michelle Paver

It was a dream to have a team for the state. While for the Punjab King's XI, I used to think of having a team for Kerala.

S. Sreesanth

My golden rules for looking good are to moisturise to ridiculousness with a really rich moisturiser. And I always take my make-up off before going to bed.

Twiggy

I pray daily… for peace.

Paul O'Neill