Christina Patterson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Christina Mary Patterson (born 1963) is a British journalist. Now a freelancer, she was formerly a writer and columnist at The Independent.[1]


Patterson was born in Rome to a Swedish Lutheran mother and Scottish Presbyterian father who both regularly attended church services.[citation needed] After graduating with first-class honours in English Language and Literature from Durham University (Van Mildert) and then undertaking an MA at the University of East Anglia,[2] Patterson initially worked in publishing. From 1990, she was the literary programmer at the Southbank Centre, presenting hundreds of literary events. In 1998, she ran the Poetry Society's National Lottery-funded Poetry Places scheme, enabling poetry residencies and placements. In 2000 she was appointed Director of the Poetry Society.[3]

After 1998, Patterson worked as a freelance journalist contributing to The Observer, The Sunday Times and magazines including Time, The Spectator and the New Statesman.[3] She has contributed to a number of books, including The Cambridge Guide To Women’s Writing and the Forward Poetry Anthology 2001,[3] in addition to HuffPost.[4]

Patterson joined The Independent in 2003,[1] writing on politics, society, culture, books, travel and the arts.[1] She was responsible for the paper's weekly Arts interview, and had periods there as deputy literary editor and assistant comment editor.[5][6] She was made redundant from The Independent in 2013 as a result of cuts in its editorial budget.

Patterson has investigated nursing, a profession she has personally found uncaring,[7] in a series of articles for The Independent,[8] and a programme for BBC Radio 4's Four Thoughts series, an essay which The Guardian reviewer Elisabeth Mahoney found "compellingly written and studded with rhetorical flourishes and unpalatable assertions".[9] The investigative work on nursing, which had its origins in Patterson's experience of having six operations in eight years resulting from breast cancer,[7] led in 2013 to her being short-listed for the Orwell Prize (Journalism).[10][11] She is a regular participant in The Review Show (BBC Two) as a member of its panel.[2]

A supporter of Humanists UK,[12] Patterson is also a member of team at the Nottingham Trent University's "Writers for the Future" programme.[3]

Her book The Art of Not Falling Apart was published in May 2018.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Christina Patterson". The Independent. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "About". Christina Patterson's website. Archived from the original on 15 October 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Christina Patterson". Nottingham Trent University. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Christina Patterson". HuffPost.
  5. ^ "About". Christina Patterson.
  6. ^ Brook, Stephen (14 March 2007). "Independent reshuffles staff". The Guardian.
  7. ^ a b Patterson, Christina (10 April 2012). "A crisis in nursing: Six operations, six stays in hospital – and six first-hand experiences of the care that doesn't care enough". The Independent.
  8. ^ "Christina Patterson: Writer and columnist, The Independent", Orwell Prize short list biography
  9. ^ Mahony, Elisabeth (28 April 2011). "Radio review: Four Thought". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Akbar, Arifa (17 April 2013). "2013 Orwell prize for books shortlist revealed". The Independent.
  11. ^ "Orwell Prize 2013 Shortlists Announced". The Orwell Prize. 17 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Christina Patterson". British Humanist Association. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  13. ^ Patterson, Christina (4 May 2018). "All by myself: the joys of being single". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2018.

External links[edit]