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Professor Dame Marina Warner FBA

History; historical studies of language and literature; English language and literature
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About this Fellow

Marina Warner is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer, who works across genres and cultures exploring myths and stories. Recent work has focused particularly on the magic of fairy tales and the Arabian Nights, including Stranger Magic (2011), and Once Upon a Time (2014). In Fly Away Home: Stories (2015) she draws on mythic predecessors, translating them into contemporary significance. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Holberg Prize, and was also Chair of the judging panel for the Man Booker International Book Prize. She is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. In March 2017, Warner was elected as the Royal Society of Literature's 19th – and first female – president, succeeding Colin Thubron in the post. Her Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists was published by Thames & Hudson in September 2018. In March 2018 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy.



Current post

  • Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck (since 2014)
  • Quondam Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (since 2017)
  • Professorial Research Fellow, SOAS (since 2014)

Past Appointments

  • Fellow, All Souls College University of Oxford, 2013 - 2017
  • Professor, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex, University of Essex, 2004 - 2014
  • Tinbergen Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 1991
  • Visiting Scholar, Getty Research Institute, 1987 - 1988
  • Visiting Fellow Commoner, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1997 - 1998


The Inner Eye: Art Beyond the Visible

Marina Warner, 1996 National Touring Exhibitions

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