A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
From Downton Abbey to Coronation Street, when life interferes with art, it’s a challenge for the writer
27 September 2013 03:36 PM
The departure of cast members presents a tricky problem to screenwriters
19 September 2013 04:46 PM
Giving audiences a cast list free of charge would be a start
13 September 2013 08:00 AM
Plus: There's nothing like this Dame and will we be talking like Downton Abbey next?
07 September 2013 08:33 AM
Tonight is the Last Night of the Proms. And, as we all know by now, Marin Alsop will become the first woman to conduct at the most famous night of classical music in the calendar. That already puts her in the history books. But I’d like to see her go into the history books, or at least into tomorrow’s papers, for a further reason.
06 September 2013 03:24 PM
Plus: Some day their plinths will come and Satchmo shows Wimbledon the way
30 August 2013 12:25 PM
Please leave us to our water-cooler moments, Kevin Spacey
23 August 2013 07:00 PM
The week in arts
22 August 2013 05:23 PM
Why aren't there more plays focused on Scottish independence at Edinburgh?
15 August 2013 04:15 PM
There are a number of artists whose protest could cause Putin real embarrassment
12 August 2013 08:00 PM
As Middle East peace talks begin, David Lister reports from Jerusalem on how art is bringing Jews and Arabs together
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more