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
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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