About Will Bordell

Will Bordell is an 18 year-old student journalist who has been writing for around three years now on topics ranging from religion to the environment, celebrity culture to drug legalisation. His work has appeared in 'The Freethinker' and 'The Humanist' magazines, as well as on Ophelia Benson's 'Butterflies and Wheels'. More of his writing can be found at www.willbordell.co.uk.

Posts by Will Bordell:

…up in a puff of smoke

It probably came as a surprise to most to see that The Economist’s ‘Country of the Year’ for 2013 was Uruguay.  Their decision was in no small part down to the nation’s recent move to regulate the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. “Prohibition”, observed the late American economist Milton Friedman, “is an attempted cure(…)

Here, There, Gone: An Interview with Sir Nicholas Hytner

Here, There, Gone: An Interview with Sir Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner’s Othello was so good I saw it twice.  It’s not the first time Sir Nick has wowed the critics.  And I somehow doubt it will be the last.  I perch comfortably outside his office, staring at black-and-white action shots of hit after hit: Adrian Lester in Henry V, Simon Russell Beale in Much(…)

The Inmate of Rome

The Inmate of Rome

“But what are kings, when regiment is gone, But perfect shadows in a sunshine day?” — Edward II (Christopher Marlowe) It’s a relief to be able to call him Joseph.  And it will be a relief once he’s treated just like any other Joseph.  It’s been said before and it will be said again: there’s(…)

Don’t Be Afraid To Listen: Protecting Free Speech

Don’t Be Afraid To Listen: Protecting Free Speech

  “Upon my word, I think the truth is the hardest missile one can be pelted with.” — George Eliot (Middlemarch) Oxford and Cambridge Universities have an awful lot in common.  And last week was no exception.  By inviting polarising political figures from the left and the right – George Galloway and Marine Le Pen, respectively(…)