Natalie Haynes is a broadcaster and writer. She was also an award-winning stand-up comedian for ten years before she turned to writing full-time. She has written and presented many documentaries for BBC Radio 4, on subjects ranging from Greek tragedy and soap opera to urban chicken-keeping.
She has lectured to the Herodotean Society at Cambridge, and delivered the prestigious Voltaire Lecture to the British Humanist Association in 2011. She has spoken at Kingston Readers' Festival, Charleston Literary Festival, Women's Word Festival, Shoreditch House Literary Salon, and she won the Ancient Booker Prize debate at the 2010 Cheltenham Literature Festival, beating Germaine Greer on the way. She debated the role of comedy and tragedy at the 2010 BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival. She has also spoken on the role of the arts in democratic change for the British Council, in a debate chaired by Ben Barber. She has also presented television documentary shorts for the BBC2 Review Show, and made a programme on the educational power of humour for Teachers' TV.
Her most recent book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, was published in the UK in 2010, and the US in 2011.