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Chief Arts Writer — Guardian

Chief culture writer, the Guardian; classicist. THIS NEW NOISE, a book on the BBC, is out on 18 June. UNDER ANOTHER SKY, a book about Roman Britain, is out now.

Ancient Greek tragedy Oresteia receives surprise West End transfer

theguardian.com — The Oresteia - three hours and 40 minutes of Greek tragedy premiered in Athens in 458 BC - is set to become this year's most unlikely West End show, as Robert Icke's production transfers to Trafalgar Studios for a limited season from August to November.
Jul 30, 2015

New article: Ancient Greek tragedy Oresteia receives surprise West End transfer gu.com/p/4b5zz

Jul 30, 2015

Ancient Greek tragedy Oresteia receives surprise West End transfer gu.com/p/4b5zz/stw

Jul 30, 2015

RT @lyngardner: Ancient Greek tragedy Oresteia receives surprise West End transfer gu.com/p/4b5zz/stw

Jul 30, 2015

Ancient Greek tragedy Oresteia receives surprise West End transfer gu.com/p/4b5zz/stw

The Odyssey by Homer - the first step

theguardian.com — This is the first one, the big one, the ur-road movie: the Odyssey. Homer's poem tells of Odysseus's decade-long attempt to return to his home island of Ithaca - a "man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy".

The battle for the BBC - Podcast

theguardian.com — Under attack from a government intent on reducing its size and besieged by commercial rivals, the broadcaster has been forced to justify its very existence * Click here for text version

George Osborne ruined my yoga retreat

theguardian.com — I just came back from my annual yoga retreat high up a forested Italian hill. All there is to hear in this delightful spot is the onomatopoeic call of the hoopoe and the oddly strangulated cry of whatever raptor it is that likes to swoop over the valley.
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The battle for the BBC

theguardian.com — On 18 March 2015, two past and future culture secretaries ran into one another at the Tower of London, William the Conqueror's great fortress on the Thames - historical locus of unbending power, political reversals and untimely executions.
Jul 14, 2015

New article: The battle for the BBC | Charlotte Higgins gu.com/p/4atp4

Jul 14, 2015

RT @chiggi: New article: The battle for the BBC | Charlotte Higgins gu.com/p/4atp4

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I say this with trepidation - it is surprisingly easy to get used to a butler

theguardian.com — At the weekend I opened an exhibition. I've never opened anything like an exhibition before, and struggle even to open everyday objects (jars, tins, doors) satisfactorily, so this was a challenge. Before the ceremony the delightful director of the gallery told me that last year's speech had been frightfully good, and only 10 minutes long.
Jun 25, 2015

New article: I say this with trepidation – it is surprisingly easy to get used to a butler | Charlotte Higgins gu.com/p/4a4hv

Prejudice and a BBC pioneer - the amazing story of Grace Wyndham Goldie

theguardian.com — On the night of 23 February 1950 the evening's television began with the usual announcement of the schedule. There would be films, including an American slapstick with Charley Chase, and, as customary, the 9pm news delivered in sound only. But this was an exceptional evening: the night of the general election, with Clement Attlee's huge 1945 majority contested by Winston Churchill.
Jun 12, 2015

“Oh no, you don’t want to go and see television..." The story of pioneer Grace W Goldie, beautifully told by @chiggi gu.com/p/49yhc/stw

Jun 12, 2015

RT @paullaity: “Oh no, you don’t want to go and see television..." The story of pioneer Grace W Goldie, beautifully told by @chiggi gu.com/p/49yhc/stw

Jun 12, 2015

New article: Prejudice and a BBC pioneer - the amazing story of Grace Wyndham Goldie gu.com/p/49yhc

Jun 13, 2015

Me on the fabulous Grace Wyndham Goldie, inventor of BBC TV current affairs, and the creator of election-night telly theguardian.com/books/2015/jun…

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What I learned from Peter Cropper, the maestro of the Midlands

theguardian.com — On 29 May Peter Cropper died suddenly, aged 69. He had been the leader of the Lindsay String Quartet, and set up Music in the Round in Sheffield (which was exactly that, music performed not on a stage, but "in the round" in the Crucible theatre, so that the audience was always a breath away from the musicians).
Jun 11, 2015

New article: What I learned from Peter Cropper, the maestro of the Midlands | Charlotte Higgins gu.com/p/49yjb

Do you know your Oedipus from your Antigone? - Greek theatre quiz

theguardian.com — Are you a titan of the theatre or have the fates abandoned you? As the Almeida puts on a festival inspired by Dionysus, test your knowledge of Greek drama
Jun 09, 2015

RT @chiggi: New article: Do you know your Oedipus from your Antigone? – Greek theatre quiz gu.com/p/49j7z

Baileys prize winner Ali Smith: ‘We’ve always been up against the canon and the canon is traditionally male. That is what this book is about’

theguardian.com — You could take all the books on the Baileys prize shortlist on holiday this year and have your summer reading dilemmas solved at a stroke. It is a richly enjoyable selection of novels that scoops you up from 1920s suburban south London to a dig in Turkey in summer 1914; from the deeply imagined inner life of the honeybee to the soup-thick air of an Athens summer to depression-era America.
Jun 05, 2015

My post-Baileys chat with the marvellous, warm, erudite, talented Ali Smith. theguardian.com/books/2015/jun… Topics, inter alia: Spark and Greene.

Jun 05, 2015

New article: Baileys prize winner Ali Smith: ‘We’ve always been up against the canon and the canon is traditio... gu.com/p/49gta

Jun 05, 2015

RT @chiggi: My post-Baileys chat with the marvellous, warm, erudite, talented Ali Smith. theguardian.com/books/2015/jun… Topics, inter alia: Spark and Greene.

Jun 06, 2015

'The not-said is ferociously important'. Ace interview with the fabulous Ali Smith gu.com/p/49gta/stw

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Aug 02, 2015

The winning, laurel-wreathed team of the @AlmeidaTheatre Greeks quiz set by the wonderful Natalie Haynes @JoshuaStJ pic.twitter.com/ELoZbupMe1

Jul 31, 2015

@KateMaltby @henryhitchings Oooh yes, I found that fake Greek typography Quite Difficult too.

Jul 30, 2015

New article: Ancient Greek tragedy Oresteia receives surprise West End transfer gu.com/p/4b5zz

Jul 30, 2015

@earlymodernjohn you are massively kind... Thank you john you've made my day.

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