Christina Patterson

Christina Patterson was made a patron of Humanists UK for her journalism on issues of concern to humanists.

Writer and journalist

It's increasingly clear that the conflicting demands of different religious interest groups are placing a huge burden on British society and culture. I'm happy to support Humanists UK in campaigning to keep religion out of the public arena and in the private, where it belongs.

Christina Patterson is a writer and broadcaster. A former columnist at The Independent and director of the Poetry Society, she writes for The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Daily Mail about society, politics and books. She’s a regular commentator on radio and TV and a regular guest on the Sky News press preview. Her book The Art of Not Falling Apart was described 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”. It was picked as a Book of the Year by The New Statesman and The Mail on Sunday and has been picked by the Guardian and the i as one of the top books to read in self-isolation.

Here are some columns by Christina Patterson on multiculturalism, religion, and integration that humanists might find of particular interest:
The limits of multiculturalism
We need to talk about integration
You can't argue with religious zeal
From Neanderthal Norfolk to Iran today – a backward journey
Moderate Islam must find its voice

Watch Christina Patterson talking about "What I've learnt from religion"