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 .
06 June 2012 10:00 AM
The climax of three days of celebration served to demonstrate why, 60 years on, she remains so popular
30 May 2012 12:00 AM
This Government has done more tinkering than most. It seems to have decided to do thinking after, and tinkering first
23 May 2012 09:30 AM
Private sector workers don't understand why it's hard to sack someone in the public sector
12 May 2012 12:00 AM
In Iran, verse moves crowds to tears, as Christina Patterson discovers.
02 May 2012 12:00 AM
People who aren't football fans don't get to weep, or hug, in public, or have a kind of communion, with beer
27 April 2012 08:00 PM
On Thursday, an 86-year-old woman met the Welsh rugby team. After that, she went to a community festival, where she saw displays by the local mountain rescue team, the Forestry Commission and Merthyr Tydfil scouts.
Christina Patterson: It's not 'social cleansing' if Newham Council can't afford to house these people any more
25 April 2012 12:00 AM
Is it fair some people can have as many children as they like, live wherever they like, and have their rent paid by people who can’t afford to do either?
21 April 2012 12:00 AM
He called himself "Mr Hot Sex". He lived in a ménage à trois. He lived, according to a woman with long grey hair and a very big smile, in the biggest immigrant community in the world. He lived, she said, in a city of a million people. He lived 2,000 years ago, in Rome.
18 April 2012 12:00 AM
Anders Breivik hates Muslims, multiculturalism and feminism, but really what he hates is himself
14 April 2012 12:00 AM
The Public Health minister used to be a nurse herself. To conclude our series, Christina Patterson challenged her for a candid view of her former profession
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show
- 1 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 2 Pub landlord captures moment customer falls over on CCTV – just like Del Boy did on Only Fools and Horses
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential