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Fortnight at 50: NI magazine back on the newsstands

Before Slugger O'Toole and social media, one iconoclastic magazine gave an alternative to the mainstream NI media - and now it's back on the newsstands. Ivan Little reports

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Influential: editions of Fortnight magazine throughout the years

Influential: editions of Fortnight magazine throughout the years

Influential: editions of Fortnight magazine throughout the years

Influential: editions of Fortnight magazine throughout the years

Influential: editions of Fortnight magazine throughout the years

Influential: editions of Fortnight magazine throughout the years

Influential: editions of Fortnight magazine throughout the years

One of Northern Ireland's most influential magazines, which gave an alternative outlet away from the mainstream media to politicians and activists here throughout the Troubles, is being revived eight years after it disappeared from the shelves.

But the editorial team behind Fortnight, which more often than not belied its title by coming out on a monthly basis, have insisted the special edition, which has been timed to mark the 50th anniversary of the magazine's first appearance in 1970, won't be a journey into the past, but rather a platform to look ahead to the future.

The brainchild of the first publication, Tom Hadden, has also been the driving force behind Issue 479 and he has gathered together an impressive cast list of writers and analysts, who he says are addressing the new economic, political and constitutional uncertainties.