Is the chief culture writer of the Guardian. Her current focus is the Russian fullscale invasion of Ukraine; a regular column on the Opinion pages; and longform articles. She is particularly interested in subjects where the arts, culture and politics intersect.
As an author, most of her books touch on the ancient classical world, which she studied at Oxford. Under Another Sky was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson (now Baillie Gifford) prize for nonfiction, among other awards, and has been adapted into a play by David Greig. Red Thread won the Arnold Bennett prize and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Her latest, Greek Myths, with illustrations by Chris Ofili, was shortlisted for the Waterstones book of the year 2021 and has been translated into many languages.
A further book, This New Noise, was adapted from a series of Guardian essays about the history and present of the BBC. In naming her one of 10 extraordinary British women writers working today, novelist Elif Shafak wrote: “Charlotte Higgins is an author with magic in her pen. From ancient subjects she conjures living text: vast conversations about who we are today and why the stories we tell really matter.”
Born in the Potteries, Charlotte is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a former winner of the Classical Association Prize.