Writer and broadcaster for The Sunday Times, The Guardian & The Daily Mail
Christina Patterson is a writer and broadcaster. She writes for The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Daily Mail about society, culture, politics, books and the arts. A former chief executive of The Poetry Society and columnist at The Independent, she has interviewed Nobel laureates, poets, rock stars and politicians. She was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2013 for her campaigning work to raise standards in nursing and has contributed to books on poetry, literature and health.
She’s a regular commentator on radio and TV news programmes and a regular guest on the Sky News press preview. Her first book, The Art of Not Falling Apart, published last year, was picked as a Book of the Year by The Mail on Sunday and The New Statesman. It was hailed by The Times as “a beautifully written and uplifting memoir” and by The Mail on Sunday as “a manual on how to survive in the 21st century”. Christina is a trustee of Shaw Trust, a charity which helps people enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives. She also offers communications advice, media training and masterclasses in resilience for businesses, charities and the public sector.
Day 3 – Thursday 16th May
11:15am – 12.15pm
Let’s Talk: Transformation: Christina Patterson is joining us to share with us how she turned one of the worst ordeals of her professional life into a force for good. Her book ‘ The Art of Not Falling Apart’ chronicles her traumatic experience of leaving employment, her search for the stories of what happened to others and her ultimate victory in ensuring she did not falter but in fact thrived.
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