Helen Lewis is deputy editor at the New Statesman, a British left-leaning political magazine.
As well as commissioning and editing, she writes for the NS magazine and blogs for its website, with favoured topics including comedy, feminism, politics and computer games. She has also written for Edge magazine, British Elle, the New York Times, the Stylist, Stella, the Sunday Times, Saga, Economia, Square Meal and the Guardian; and has appeared on the Today programme, Pienaar’s Politics, Woman’s Hour, BBC Breakfast and The Daily Politics. She is a regular panellist on The Sunday Politics.
She has a first class degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and an MA (Distinction) in English Literature from the Open University. She was described as a “dedicated gamer” in the Financial Times, which is a nice way of describing what happens when you turn your hobby into a job.
Did you miss our excellent centenary debate last week? “This house believes the Left won the 20th century” saw Mehdi Hasan, Helen Lewis and Simon Heffer supporting the motion, taking on Tim Montgomerie, Owen Jones and Ruth Porter.
But fear not, we’ve prepared a lovely podcast for your listening pleasure.
Frank Skinner: “People are more accepting of transvestism than Catholicism.”
Mary Roach, science writer: “Nasal congestion is an erection of the nose”.
Grant Morrison, graphic novelist: “Superman is a socialist superhero”.
Reginald D Hunter: “Old people and middle-class people - if you scare the shit out of them, they vote”.
Tom Hollander: “Famous people don’t hear the word “no” enough.”
Antonia Fraser: “The preoccupation with class is the bad side of Englishness”.
Russell Howard: “If a comedian’s naughty joke is on the front page, there’s no news.”