The night has a special kind of intimacy. A slower pace, a sense that time is moving in other directions. Places turn unfamiliar in the dark; people look different, do things differently.
It’s a time when things are allowed to disappear and become invisible – or to emerge from hiding,
celebrate an otherwise concealed existence. The night is a pause from life during the day, but also a world entirely of its own. To see things, you must come close; to hear things, you must listen more. For this series, we invited seven teams of contributors to do just that. Here are their stories from the nightly world of children who lay awake and grownups who refuse to sleep; of people with insomnia or restless legs; of tired shop owners, dancers in the dark and sleepwalkers,all of whom have made the night their own.