Known for her human rights activism and writing on subjects such as atheism and feminism, Joan Smith is a columnist, critic and novelist. An Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a regular contributor to BBC radio, she has written five detective novels, two of which have been filmed by the BBC.
29 August 2015 09:00 PM
Alison Parker and Adam Ward: best remembered before tragedy
22 August 2015 09:00 PM
... is to eat healthily, exercise, and stay mentally active – it's not a cure but it can make a significant difference
15 August 2015 09:00 PM
The former boss of Hacked Off, a critic of press intrusion, says this time the royals are expecting too much protection
11 July 2015 09:00 PM
Could the UK have reacted more constructively by helping beef up security in Tunisia?
04 July 2015 09:00 PM
Rafida Bonya Ahmed survived a brutal Islamic extremist attack; her husband did not ... yet she speaks only of compassion
27 June 2015 09:00 PM
Attacks such as last Friday's target not only innocent people, but our sense of proportion, too
Labour leadership race: Can anyone seriously imagine any of the four candidates on offer beating George Osborne or Boris Johnson?
20 June 2015 09:00 PM
David Cameron's likely successors must be thrilled by the lacklustre shortlist
13 June 2015 09:00 PM
It's a world where traditional 'British' values – snobbery, deference and minute degrees of distinction – exist in defiance of modern principles of equality and social justice
06 June 2015 09:00 PM
His correspondence are full of straw men whose purpose is to portray their author as a radical thinker
Girls in the West must be taught that there's nothing romantic about life in Islamic State's 'caliphate'
30 May 2015 09:00 PM
The phenomenon of teenage girls lured by the prospect of meals by candlelight and bathing in the Euphrates
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 Huawei Mate S and Huawei Watch: new products take on iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
- 2 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 3 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 4 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 5 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees