The writer and broadcaster Terence Blacker contributes a twice-weekly column on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the author of four novels, of prize-winning fiction for children, and has written a highly praised biography of the brilliant reprobate Willie Donaldson.
Singing from the Floor by JP Bean, book review: A glorious history of folk music and those who made it
09 April 2014 09:00 PM
It is not difficult to mock folk clubs. Middle-aged, occasionally solemn, riven with rules about what is acceptably traditional, they may sing brave songs of freedom but that spirit is not always extended to music of which they disapprove.
06 April 2014 07:19 PM
It is time to be a little more relaxed when people like Russell Brand barge in
02 April 2014 12:00 AM
Terence Blacker was on a visit to a prison to talk about the benefits of reading when he heard about the ban on books. Where better to contemplate the folly of the move?
21 March 2014 07:04 PM
The group-think that infects the Corporation has serious implications
23 February 2014 06:04 PM
Couples now realise marriage is not a social, religious or family matter. It’s personal
10 February 2014 02:04 PM
Tempting as it must have been to win some positive PR, the Copenhagen zoo took the tougher, more responsible course
31 January 2014 05:27 PM
He was a hero, yet I was unable to watch him without a feeling of irritation
Barracuda, By Christos Tsiolkas: Book review - a novel about a competitive swimmer's torments that misses the mark
03 January 2014 07:00 PM
No one could accuse Christos Tsiolkas of lacking ambition. His last novel, the hugely successful The Slap, had eight narrators and built a story of modern multicultural Australian life around one relatively small domestic incident.
25 December 2013 06:01 PM
'Banter', 'Aspiration', 'Selfie'? Not this year, thank you very much
16 December 2013 06:02 PM
Any 30-year-old who changes how they ate with an eye on life 35 years down the line is in serious danger of excessive sensibleness
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
- 1 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'