Christina Patterson is a writer, broadcaster and columnist. She writes about politics, society, culture, travel, books and the arts. She has interviewed writers and artists ranging from Martin Amis to Eddie Izzard and Werner Herzog, and did the first interview after he left office with Gordon Brown. A former director of the Poetry Society, and literary programmer at the Southbank Centre, she has written for the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, Time, the Spectator and the New Statesman. She’s a regular commentator on radio and TV news programmes, a regular reviewer on the Sky News press preview, and a regular guest on The Review Show. She has campaigned to improve standards in nursing in a series of articles in the Independent, by speaking at conferences, and in programmes she has made for Radio 4 and The One Show. Christina is the only woman on the shortlist for the Orwell Prize 2013. She has now left The Independent, but can be contacted via her website, www.christinapatterson.co.uk .
29 September 2012 12:00 AM
Chart-topper, social commentator, movie star: Ben Drew, better known as Plan B, has indisputably made it – but he's still not satisfied. So what's the reticent rapper going to do next? And what would it take to make him crack a smile?
25 September 2012 06:56 PM
The Queen was reportedly interested in the extradition of Abu Hamza. She may feel differently when she hears about the cases of Khalid al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary
18 September 2012 06:51 PM
You can’t reason with people who think it is better to kill someone than say they disagree.
13 September 2012 12:00 AM
The prisoners know all about the day-to-day brutality of power struggles.
12 September 2012 12:00 AM
We love winners but let’s do something about the losers – get them back to work.
05 September 2012 12:00 AM
Wearing a necklace, or a nose stud, or even an earring, doesn't stop you doing your work
31 August 2012 12:00 AM
Violinist Kennedy can’t take an evening of pure Bach because it’s too serious. So an evening talking about his childhood might be even more complicated...
Camille Paglia - 'I don't get along with lesbians at all. They don't like me, and I don't like them'
25 August 2012 12:00 AM
The warrior feminist intellectual with a glorious history of spats with interviewers and rivals has mellowed. But not a lot
18 August 2012 12:00 AM
What worked for Sterne, Proust and others is now being done on the internet by a host of aspiring authors, says Christina Patterson
15 August 2012 12:00 PM
Fifty years on, we seem to be talking about how women look more than ever before
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway