About Us

The Columnists are a group of people voicing their thoughts on politics and current affairs. All posts are complete opinion, which cannot be attributed to anywhere they work, and the only rule is that what they write is progressive. If you’re interested in contributing to The Columnists, or have a question for one of our writers, please email thecolumniststom@gmail.com.

Here are the team:


Tom Fish – Editor-in-Chief

Tom Fish founded The Columnists in November 2017 so those with progressive ideas could express them as a group. His column is published two to three times a week and is mainly about American politics, current affairs, culture, and travel. When he’s not writing Tom works in the student movement.

Lydia Scarlett Isherwood – Deputy Editor

Lydia is a Psychology and Gender Studies graduate from the University of Leeds and now works in a Students’ Union. When she’s not in the office she enjoys reading and drinking red wine. Lydia’s interests are mainly gender relations and feminist activism. Lydia’s articles are published every two weeks.


Columnists are those who write for the website on a regular basis, be that weekly, biweekly or monthly. Our current columnists are below:

Katie Lowes 

Katie is a final year politics student at the University of Leeds. When she is not studying she is involved in student politics, and loves baking, Netflix, going to the theatre and walking her dog. Her main interests lie in feminism, British politics and education. Katie’s pieces are published monthly.

Rhea Halsey 

Rhea is a history graduate from the University of Leeds. She works in student volunteering and when not in the office, enjoys binge listening to podcasts, going to community events and dreaming of her next travel destination. Rhea’s interests are mainly social politics and activism, with pieces published every month.

Yousef Alshammari 

Yousef Alshammari is a journalism senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Yousef has his eyes set on becoming a Media Studies professor, a novelist, and a professional bodybuilder. When he’s not writing, Yousef is either plotting world domination or doing laundry. Yousef’s column is published monthly.


Our contributors are writers with busy schedules who contribute to The Columnists when they can, or are working towards becoming full columnists.

Sean Benstead 

Sean is a final year BA Politics student in Leeds. His main interests are in the realms of critical theory and radical political-economics, and writes for The Columnists under the moniker The Petrograd Percussionist. When he isn’t studying or writing, he is an activist and organiser with Leeds Independent Socialists. When he isn’t doing that, he can usually be found at the Brude.

Laura Copestake 

Laura is a recent graduate from the University of Liverpool where she studied law. She is currently interning at a magazine in Sheffield whilst contributing to various other online blogs in her spare time. When she’s not writing she’s hosting a show on her local community radio station, going to gigs and getting lost in the Peak District.