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Literary Event, Sun 23 Feb 2020, £45

Masterclass: Writer in Residence Charlotte Higgins

Masterclass: Writer in Residence Charlotte Higgins


This day masterclass uses classical myths to stimulate new ideas and pieces of writing. As Charlotte says, the essence of classical myth is its malleability; constantly reinvented, rethought and rewritten, the myth offers freedom and scope to contemporary writers. The group will look at how authors, contemporary and classical, have made mythical stories speak anew, and how artists have treated myth in painting and sculpture. Using a chosen myth, each member of the group will produce a short piece of writing to share with the class. Participants will end the day with the start of a new piece of prose, poetry or drama.

Charlotte Higgins is the Guardian’s chief culture writer. Aside from her work for the Guardian, Charlotte is a columnist for Prospect, has contributed to the New Yorker and Frieze, and has written and presented documentaries for BBC radio. With the exception of 2015’s timely examination of the history of the national broadcaster (This New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC), Charlotte’s books have all focused on aspects of the classical world. It’s All Greek to Me (2008) and Latin Love Lessons (2007) are witty, informative celebrations of the encounter with Greece and Rome; 2013’s Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain tracks the ancient world a little closer to home and was described by the Sunday Times as ‘a haunting, lyrical look at Roman Britain and its echoes in our culture’. Charlotte’s latest book is Red Thread: On Mazes and Labyrinths. Called ‘a masterwork’ by Ali Smith, it was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. Charlotte is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and was recently selected by novelist Elif Shafak as one of ‘ten brilliant female writers working in the UK today’ for a British Council/PEN showcase.

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Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 23 Feb 2020 10:00


Tickets: £45.00; includes lunch and tea/coffee.


Church Lane,



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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality