Kevin Toolis

Death was everywhere for the Victorians, but it was never commonplace

4 May 2024 9:00 am

In a society obsessed with the trappings of grief, funerals were often elaborate occasions, with commemorative medals struck and strict rules applied to the period of mourning

Why this year’s Edinburgh fringe was so obsessed with death

30 August 2023 5:00 pm

The Edinburgh Festival is finally over, but why was this year’s event so obsessed with dying? Death is the new…

Brits have a troubling approach to death

18 June 2023 3:30 pm

You never forget your first corpse, do you? Cold, visceral, mute, lying there immune from the world and its cares.…

The Good Friday Agreement and the amnesia over the Troubles

7 April 2023 4:00 pm

It was an overcast Sunday morning in January 1983 and two IRA gunmen were waiting outside Belfast’s St Brigid’s church.…

A schism in Ulster is inevitable

8 March 2023 9:33 pm

The fate of the Stormont Assembly, and a Brexit resolution of a kind, now rests on the uncharismatic shoulders of…