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Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi is a stand-up comedian, writer and Independent columnist. She is also the president of the British Humanist Association.

Nothing can fill the hole the Fringe will leave in our hearts

For the first time in 70 years, this gigantic adult playground has been closed amid the horror of Covid-19. No amount of online comedy will compensate for it

After five days in lockdown, my kids are the ones parenting me

After a stress-related tantrum, my children knew, as all do, that when parents lose control like that, they have to look after us

I watched the Iran-Iraq war unfold as a child – now I’m reliving it

What is happening in Iran now is not simply ‘news’ for us in the diaspora – it’s the repetition of decades-old trauma

Prince William is starting mental health conversations I badly needed

My generation didn’t talk about how we were feeling, and the result was grim. Prince William’s initiative should be applauded