· By Herb Lester

May 2020

Micro interior design

Dollhouses of Instagram

Those of us still spending most of our time at home may be questioning our interior design choices – even though there's not much we can do about it. Some Instagram-inspired enthusiasts have found a way to make their interior design dreams real, albeit on a tiny scale.

Kettle's Yard, Cambridge


This exhibition of photomontage artist Linder was cut short, but you can join curator Amy Tobin for a guided tour online.

An active figure in the punk and post-punk music scenes, Linder was born in Liverpool in 1954. Her cover art for Buzzcocks 'Orgasm Addict' single is among her earliest, most identifiable images.



Maps of Life Under Lockdown

This ongoing project invites people to draw maps of their world in the time of coronavirus. There are more than 300 interpretative maps charting how homes, neighbourhoods and cities have transformed under social distancing and stay-at-home orders around the world, from daily work routines and “sanity walks,” to places that can no longer be visited.

If you'd like to add your own, the submission portal for this project is still open.


Studio Ghibli video call backgrounds

Now that video calls have become so integral to how we communicate, who can blame us for wanting to change things up from time to time?

A few weeks ago Japanese anime titans Studio Ghibli released artwork from their archive to use as backgrounds for your calls and they've now added even more from their back catalogue.

Hay Festival

More than books: what it means when libraries are lost to conflict

BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson leads Bettany Hughes, Lord Paul Boateng and Edmund de Waal in a discussion on what it means when libraries become targets during conflict and how individuals and communities are affected.

And if this doesn't appeal, it's just one of many literary talks being screened for free as part of Hay Festival Digital, happening from 18-31 May.