She studied English at the University of Manchester. As a Labour Club activist there in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she was part of a successful campaign to oust then student union communications officer Derek Draper, though she subsequently had a four-year relationship with him. She was University of Manchester Students' Union Women's Officer in 1990-91 and presided over an election in which Liam Byrne MP failed to be elected as the Union's Welfare Officer. She later studied at the University of Sussex.
Raven was a contributor to the Modern Review, and the editor of the relaunched version in 1997. There she met Julie Burchill, with whom she had an affair in 1995: the two are pictured in the National Portrait Gallery. Her columns have appeared frequently in The Guardian and New Statesman. Raven was accused of regional racism after launching an attack on the people of Liverpool in a Guardian article on the James Bulger case.
She and her partner the film maker Tom Sheahan have a daughter, Anna, born in 2004.
In January 2010 she revealed that she had been diagnosed with Huntington's disease, an incurable hereditary disease, in January 2006 and had been contemplating suicide, an option she rejected after visiting a clinic in an area of Venezuela with a very high incidence of Huntington's Disease.
- Derek Draper, Charlotte Raven & Joanne Mallabar (1998-10-04). "How we met". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- Raven, Charlotte (2001-06-26). "Why the Bulger mourning marathon sickens me". The Guardian (London).
- Charlotte Raven (2006-07-15). "How my generation lost the plot". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- Charlotte Raven (2010-01-16). "Charlotte Raven: Should I take my own life?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
- Ben Dowell (2013-04-25). "Spare Rib magazine to be relaunched by Charlotte Raven". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
- Charlotte Raven columns and reviews from The Guardian and The Observer
- Articles by Charlotte Raven from New Statesman
- Portrait of Raven (right) and Julie Burchill at the website of the National Portrait Gallery
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