Marina Warner

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction and cultural history. Her books include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976), Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (1982) and Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1988). In 1994 she gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the theme of Six Myths of Our Time. She has explored the fairy tale tradition in From the Beast to the Blonde (1994) and No Go the Bogeyman: On Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (1998). Her study of the Thousand and One Nights, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011) was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize in 2012, a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Truman Capote Prize. She has curated exhibitions, including The Inner Eye (l996), Metamorphing (2002-3), and Only Make-Believe: Ways of Playing (2005). Her third novel, The Lost Father, was short-listed for the Booker prize in l988; it was followed by Indigo, a retelling of The Tempest, and, in 2000, by The Leto Bundle, a novel about a refugee travelling in time. Her third collection of short stories, Fly Away Home, was published last year. She gave the Weidenfeld lectures at Oxford this year on the theme of literature and stories as a form of sanctuary, and is currently developing a project for storytelling in refugee communities. She is writing a memoir-novel about her childhood in Egypt and a dance libretto inspired by Arabic women’s poetry, with the choreographer Kim Brandstrup and the musician Joanna MacGregor. Marina is a Fellow of the British Academy, was awarded the DBE, and is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, and a Professorial Research Fellow, SOAS, She was given the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities in 2015.

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