Professor Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols and fairy tales. She was born in London of an Italian mother and an English father who was a bookseller. She read French and Italian as an undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she is now an honorary fellow. She was elected a fellow of All Souls’ College, Oxford in 2013. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, and the President of the British Comparative Literature Association. She has been honoured with doctorates from several universities and awarded many international fellowships. Her books include Alone of All Her Sex, a study of the cult of the Virgin Mary; From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairytales and their Tellers; and most recently Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights, which won a National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the Truman Capote Prize and a Sheikh Zayed Prize. Her next book Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale will be published in October 2014, and she is working on a new book, entitled Inventory of a Life Mislaid. Marina Warner lives in north London.