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Simon Armitage: ¡®The events of this year are all I can think about¡¯

The poet laureate talks to Laura Barton about life in lockdown, keeping up with changes in language, and why writing the words for the first album of his musical project LYR has been ¡®like dissecting a rat¡¯

Ciaran Lavery: ¡®I think most musicians are quite bitchy and jealous¡¯

With the release of his new album, ¡®Plz Stay, bb¡¯, the Irish artist tells Roisin O'Connor about therapy, self-doubt, and the perils of the modern singer-songwriter trope