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Monday 9 June, 2014

Opinion: Goodbye Rik Mayall – you loveable, manic scoundrel RIP

Opinion: Goodbye Rik Mayall – you loveable, manic scoundrel

Rik Mayall burst onto our TV screens in the ’80s, challenging the stagnant sitcoms of the day and paving the way for new generations of comics.

Saturday 19 April, 2014

Column: Remember those who fought in WWI – they were as diverse, and Irish, as any of us

The 140,000 Irishmen who enlisted during WWI marched under a British flag, but their reasons for enlisting to fight against Germany were varied and many.

Saturday 1 March, 2014

Column: What is Fan Fiction – and why is it making people nervous?

It has become an internet sensation over the last decade, but not all is as it seems in the world of Fan Fiction, writes Stephen Downes.

Saturday 22 February, 2014

Column: It’s time to break down the barriers around poetry

Can’t we get more from our vast historic and modern wellspring of poetry? We are, after all, the nation that has reputedly more poets per square mile than any other in the world, writes Stephen Downes.

Friday 15 November, 2013

Column: Is social media promoting or stifling debate?

When we profess to care about a cause on social media, are we helping the discussion or just making ourselves feel better? Stephen Downes discusses whether the information age is killing genuine debate.

Saturday 17 August, 2013

Column: To be a successful writer nowadays, you have to embrace social media

Writers from the days of print-only publications are still running to catch up with digital revolution, which has levelled the playing field and created almost-boundless opportunities for those with ambition, writes Stephen Downes.