David Lister

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.

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Two nations may divide, but writers and artists prove tight-lipped

Why aren't there more plays focused on Scottish independence at Edinburgh?

It’s time that Russian stars criticised Putin for his anti-gay laws

There are a number of artists whose protest could cause Putin real embarrassment

City of hope: Orthodox Jews and Muslims mingle at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Season of Culture: A cultural melting pot with no dividing walls

As Middle East peace talks begin, David Lister reports from Jerusalem on how art is bringing Jews and Arabs together

Peter Capaldi will play the twelfth Doctor

With its pointless TV special, Doctor Who has regenerated into a version of The X Factor

The fanfare over Peter Capaldi's new role came at a high cost

A statue of Jane Austen's romantic hero Mr Darcy in The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park to celebrate the launch of UKTV's new free channel 'Drama'

Like Joan Littlewood at Stratford, there should be more statues of cultural greats to inspire us

Plus: Daniel Barenboim creates a lions' den for the first violin at the Proms

Leave lasers to others, but the Albert Hall Proms could enhance the show

Bristol leads the way in challenging the tradition of classical concerts

That's a right royal mess the Royal Ballet has got itself into

What on earth is going on at Britain's premier dance company?

All 16 of Damien Hirst's limited edition Diamond Dust “Psalms” series hang in the restaurant

At 45 Park Lane the menu includes Damien Hirst's Diamond Dust

A literally dazzling exhibition of neon installations by the talented British duo Chris Bracey and Christian Furr is upstairs. Downstairs is an array of paintings by Damien Hirst. That might all be expected at an art gallery. But the neon exhibition and Hirst paintings are at a London Hotel, 45 Park Lane, the sister establishment to the Dorchester just opposite.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller

It's time Culture Secretary Maria Miller did some real work in the arts

Plus: Arts grandees like Nicholas Hytner and Jude Kelly should fall out more often; and there's no time or space for the Tardis in Rory Kinnear's life

John Profumo and Christine Keeler

'Don't cry for me, Christine Keeler...' is Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest the new Evita?

Plus: There's Rhinegold in them there Cotswold hills and Exile on Main Street for someone in the Sky newsroom

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