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Charlotte Higgins
Born (1972-09-06) 6 September 1972 (age 51)
Occupation(s)Writer and journalist
Academic background
EducationBalliol College, Oxford
Academic work

Charlotte Higgins, FSA (born 6 September 1972) is a British writer and journalist.

Early life and education


Higgins was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, the daughter of a doctor and a nurse, and received her secondary education at a local independent school.[1] A family holiday in Crete and an influential schoolteacher awakened her interest in classical languages and culture,[1] and she studied Classics (Literae Humaniores) at Balliol College, Oxford.



Higgins is The Guardian's chief culture writer and a member of its editorial board.[2] Formerly the paper's arts correspondent and classical music editor, she has a particular interest in contemporary music.[3] She began her journalism career at Vogue.[4]

She has published four books, three of which have focused on the ancient world.[5] Her first book was concerned with Ovid, and was entitled Latin Love Lessons (2009). Her second book was It's All Greek To Me (2010), and her third book was Under Another Sky (2013), which was about journeys in Roman Britain. This New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC, a history of the BBC, was published in 2015.[6] Her book Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths was published by Penguin in 2018,[7] and was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in August 2018.[8]

Higgins has served as a judge for the Art Fund Museums Prize, the Contemporary Art Society award, and the Royal Philharmonic Society awards.[9] She is a frequent contributor to Radio 3 and 4 on the BBC, and she has written for The New Yorker, the New Statesman and Prospect.[4]


  • Latin Love Lessons (2009)[5]
  • It’s All Greek to Me (2010)[5]
  • Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain (2013)[5]
  • This New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC (2015)[5]



In 2010, she was the recipient of the Classical Association Prize.[10] Her book Under Another Sky (2013) was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize,[11] the Hessell-Tiltman Prize,[12] the Wainwright Prize[13] and the Dolman Best Travel Book Award.[14]

In 2016, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Staffordshire University in recognition of her distinguished career as a journalist and writer.[15] On 8 December 2016, she was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[16]

Higgins was the recipient of the 2019 Arnold Bennett Prize for her book Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths (2018).[17]


  1. ^ a b Kirby, Graham. "Iris chat with Charlotte Higgins". Iris Online. The Iris Project. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Charlotte Higgins". The Guardian. London. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  3. ^ Thornton, Sarah (2009). Seven Days in the Art World. Norton. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-393-33712-9.
  4. ^ a b "Higgins, Charlotte". Rogers, Coleridge & White.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Charlotte Higgins - Literature". literature.britishcouncil.org. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  6. ^ Bragg, Melvyn (15 June 2015). "This New Noise review – an excellent and insightful history of the BBC". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Red Thread. 9 September 2021. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  8. ^ "Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths, Book of the Week - BBC Radio 4". BBC.
  9. ^ "Higgins, Charlotte". Rogers, Coleridge & White. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  10. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (12 April 2010). "And the winner of the 2010 Classical Association prize is..." The Guardian.
  11. ^ "Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013 shortlist". Archived from the original on 22 August 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  12. ^ Timothy R. Smith (9 April 2014). "David Reynolds wins PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  13. ^ "2014 winner and shortlist | The Wainwright Prize Golden Beer Prize".
  14. ^ "Dolman Book Award 2014: the best of the world... in words". The Telegraph. 5 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Charlotte Higgins". Staffordshire University. Archived from the original on 8 May 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  16. ^ "8 Dec Ballot Results". sal.org.uk. Society of Antiquaries of London. 8 December 2016. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Red Thread by Charlotte Higgins". www.penguin.com.au. Retrieved 5 July 2019.