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.
22 September 2012 12:01 AM
The week in arts: Why mega-rich stars must do a "Millican", Parade's End will show the BBC the way and The Royal Academy needs a bigger flag
15 September 2012 12:01 AM
A Week In Arts: Advice for the new boss of the RSC, why the Bazalgette appointment will ruffle feathers and that envious Edwina.
08 September 2012 12:00 AM
The Week in Arts: Advice for the new Culture Secretary, Stevie Wonder's confusion and why the Proms is the place for patriots.
01 September 2012 12:00 AM
Should an actor playing a famous person look like that person? We all know that what really counts is conveying the truth of a character and all that, but...
25 August 2012 12:00 AM
When the next series of Downton Abbey begins, it should have a new character – an aristocratic writer given to outlandish statements, spoken with utter certainty. Who better to play the part than the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes?
18 August 2012 12:00 AM
The week in arts
11 August 2012 12:00 AM
Sir Elton John was coy this week when insulting Madonna by saying she looked like a "fairground stripper". There are stronger insults. My hunch is that Madonna wouldn't mind being compared to a fairground stripper. In her seemingly never-ending range of personae designed to shock, it's likely that fairground stripper was only a few tours away. Sir Elton might have cut his fellow superstar more deeply if he had said that on stage she looked remarkably like a suburban, middle-aged woman. That would have stung.
04 August 2012 12:00 AM
If Boris Johnson fails to become leader of the Conservative Party, he can always be a Tube station announcer.
28 July 2012 12:00 AM
Last night, I was able to attend one of the best Proms of the season, Daniel Barenboim conducting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and get home in time to watch the Olympics opening ceremony on TV. Roger Wright, head of the Proms, is having a triumphant season so far. But I count as one of his small triumphs scheduling the Ninth for an early start and finish so that concert goers could watch that and a key moment of the Olympics.
21 July 2012 12:00 AM
The most bizarre, but potentially most interesting, suggestion for the arts in recent weeks has come from Germany to coincide with the Bayreuth Festival.
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 4 Exeter to Edinburgh and back in a day: How one fresher's lost bet left him facing a 900-mile round trip
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial