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.
22 March 2015 12:00 AM
I don't doubt it is unpleasant to be wrongly accused of rape but such events are rare
15 March 2015 12:00 AM
Images of listless patients, lying on mats in makeshift clinics, play into a false narrative of inevitability
08 March 2015 12:00 AM
The banning of a documentary about a horrific attack on a young woman in Delhi has terrible echoes elsewhere
Jihadi John: Why are so many from Britain giving up everything to join a terrorist organisation that tortures and kills?
01 March 2015 12:00 AM
The appeal of Isis lies in its messianic belief that the final victory for Muslims is imminent
22 February 2015 12:00 AM
After he fell out with his parents, Ziamani was radicalised in only 12 weeks
15 February 2015 12:00 AM
As prime minister, the Labour leader would revisit self-regulation, and that terrifies the right-wing press
08 February 2015 12:00 AM
Rotherham is high on Ukip's target list, and it has tried to make political capital out of the scandal
01 February 2015 12:00 AM
A secret war in Ukraine, murder in London, incursions into others' airspace. His behaviour is getting worse
25 January 2015 12:00 AM
Sucking up to the Saudis didn't stop the 9/11 attacks, the Chibok kidnappings, or Paris
18 January 2015 12:00 AM
The judge who spared a deputy head from jail after he had sex with a pupil condoned the male fantasy eulogised in 'Lolita'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Hundreds of workers request compassionate leave following band member's exit