Christina Patterson

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 .

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Ephron said that women should be the 'heroine' of their lives and not the victim

Christina Patterson: Can we have what she had? Nora Ephron's legacy

The writer who lived her life to the full

Christina Patterson: The painful truth is that we have too many hospitals

If you're very fat or have diabetes or dementia, what you need is GPs and support workers

Who you looking at? Director Sam Neophytou and Andy Luca rehearse a scene from 'Chicken' set in a Bronx apartment

A new plan for theatre: show the real face of the country on the stage

Director Sam Neophytou aims to bring multicultural Britain to the West End with his latest play

Christina Patterson: Tony Nicklinson's agonising plight shouldn't change the law

If the law that makes him sad makes most people safer, then that sadness may be a price worth paying

Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal
Affair

A queen, her lover and John Locke

Two centuries ago, an affair sparked a Danish Enlightenment. Now a film takes up the amazing story.

Missing Out: In Praise Of The Unlived Life, By Adam Phillips

Are you getting enough? Probably not: you're human. Frustration and disappointment track our path through life.

Christina Patterson: This gentle muddle of Church and State may be as good as it gets

Gay men and women will soon be able to get married in this country, and so they should

On the case: 'Manchester Lines' is set in a lost property office

A journey to the heart of Manchester

A new play, set in an office block, reveals the city's secrets

Lap of luxury: One of the pools at Lefay Resort

Italy: Wowed by the waters at Lake Garda

A luxury spa with lakeside views provides plenty of healing opportunities for a 'tired and frazzled' Christina Patterson.

All the world's a stage: members of the Habima theatre company from Israel rehearse 'The Merchant of Venice' at the Globe Theatre

Lost in translation: The Globe's Shakespeare season offers a surprising insight into different cultures

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.

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