As Kirk Lazarus, Robert Downey Jr's Oscar-bait thesp in Tropic Thunder, could have told you, radically changing your appearance is a sure-fire way to attract critical buzz.
Early in 1928, a Danish newspaper ran a competition to mark the centennial of the celebrated author Jules Verne.
Monday's Turner prize ceremony was the oddest – and in some ways the most moving – that most regular guests of the annual event can remember.
After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was travelling on, afrightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach.
"I've always written on and off," the novelist Amy Sackville stops, pauses, reconsiders, "but I've never been one of those people who's constantly writing stories.