Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked, the magazine that wants to make history as well as report it. He is also a columnist for The Big Issue and a writer for the Spectator. Last year he was nominated for the Columnist of the Year Award at the Press Publishing Awards. The Telegraph calls him “one of Britain’s sharpest social commentators”, while the Guardian thinks he is a “sub-Danny Dyer obnoxious intellectual wind-up merchant”. A collection of his essays, A Duty to Offend, was published last year by Connor Court.

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Saturday 12 July 2008, 11.15am Norton Rose LLP
The China and human rights controversy

Tuesday 7 October 2008, 7.00pm Vibe Live
Poetry and radicalism

Sunday 2 November 2008, 2.00pm Seminar Space
Is America still the world’s policeman?

Sunday 2 November 2008, 4.00pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
The Battle for Leadership

Tuesday 25 November 2008, 6.30pm New York Salon discussion
China: a new hope, or a threat to the world?


A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays by Brendan O’Neill (Connor Court, 2015)
Can I Recycle My Granny and 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas [as Ethan Greenhart], (Hodder & Stoughton, 2008)

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