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 .
28 June 2012 07:17 AM
The writer who lived her life to the full
27 June 2012 08:00 AM
If you're very fat or have diabetes or dementia, what you need is GPs and support workers
26 June 2012 08:00 AM
Director Sam Neophytou aims to bring multicultural Britain to the West End with his latest play
20 June 2012 08:45 AM
If the law that makes him sad makes most people safer, then that sadness may be a price worth paying
16 June 2012 12:00 AM
Two centuries ago, an affair sparked a Danish Enlightenment. Now a film takes up the amazing story.
16 June 2012 12:00 AM
Are you getting enough? Probably not: you're human. Frustration and disappointment track our path through life.
13 June 2012 10:00 AM
Gay men and women will soon be able to get married in this country, and so they should
12 June 2012 09:30 AM
A new play, set in an office block, reveals the city's secrets
08 June 2012 12:00 PM
A luxury spa with lakeside views provides plenty of healing opportunities for a 'tired and frazzled' Christina Patterson.
Lost in translation: The Globe's Shakespeare season offers a surprising insight into different cultures
07 June 2012 09:00 AM
It starts with a whistle. It starts, in fact, with a very sturdy Afghan policewoman pointing fiercely at the crowd. She's at Kabul airport. She's also in Ephesus. She's also on the stage at the Globe. There aren't, it's true, all that many Afghan policewomen in Ephesus. There aren't all that many in Afghanistan either, where they make up less than 1 per cent of the police force.
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
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