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Mark Steel

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Mark Steel is a British socialist columnist and comedian. He has been a member of the Socialist Workers Party since his late teens.

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Early life

Steel was a typical disaffected teenager growing up in the Swanley, Kent, UK in the late 1970s. His anger and frustration at societies injustices were vented by political protests, punk music and poetry.

He was expelled from school, and went onto work in a garage and then live in a squat. From here he went on to make his first public performance as a poet.

Career

Steel found an outlet for his passion in stand up comedy. He worked the comedy circuit for several years before writing It's not a runner bean, a comic autobiography. This led to a column in The Guardian, and where his career really took off, as he was regarded seriously as a writer.

Steel wrote a column for The Guardian between 1996 and 1999. He was sacked by that newspaper (according to him because The Guardian wanted to "realign towards Tony Blair", though The Guardian deny this). In 2000 he started writing a weekly column for The Independent which appears every Thursday.

In 2000 Steel took part in the London Assembly elections on behalf of the London Socialist Alliance (a pre-cursor to the Socialist Alliance) in the Croydon & Sutton constituency; he received 1,823 votes (1.5 per cent of the vote).

He has written and performed several radio and television series for the BBC, and authored several books, as detailed below.

Radio programmes

Television programmes

Books

External links

  • Audio Files
    • The Russian Revolution - Was It A Coup? (http://www.users.totalise.co.uk/~marks/1917coup.mp3) Mark's lecture at Marxism 1999
    • Mark's lecture on Karl Marx at Marxism 2002 Part 1 (http://www.users.skynet.be/bk372187/karl-marx.mp3) Part 2 (http://www.aoxz03.dsl.pipex.com/karlmarx2.mp3)
    • Mark's lecture on the French Revolution at Marxism 2003 (6th July 2003) Part 1 (http://www.stlimc.org/~marks/the-french-revolution.mp3) Part 2 (http://www.stlimc.org/~marks/the-french-revolution-2.mp3)
    • Live performance at the Camden Centre in London (http://www.diversity-radio.net/archives/mark_steel_1.mp3) on 19th November 2003 as part of the programme of events in protest at the visit of US President George W. Bush
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