Professor Dame Marina Warner
History; historical studies of language and literature; English language and literature
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.
Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck; Professorial Research Fellow, SOAS