The Man Booker International Prize 2015

Chaired by Marina Warner , the panel consists of the novelist Nadeem Aslam, writer and critic Elleke Boehmer, Editorial Director of the New York Review Classics series, Edwin Frank and Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London, Wen-chin Ouyang.

Man Booker International prize 2015: the finalists speak
From cultivating spices in India and talking to owls in South Africa to finding 'fun in hell' in Hungary and writing Dadaist fairy tales in Argentina, the 10 contenders tell us about the diverse lives and ambitions which have brought them to global attention. An article published in The Guardian 13 May 2015 can be read here.

The short list of ten writers was announced in Cape Town, South Africa on 24th March 2015, more details can be found here.

The finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize are announced by chair of judges Professor Marina Warner, at a press conference at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, on Tuesday 24 March 2015.

'Judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize to visit Abu Dhabi'
Marina Warner interviewed for The National published on 30 October 2014, the interview can be read here.


AICA (Association Internationale de Critiques d’Art)
Elected member of the AICA (Association Internationale de Critiques d’Art), 2009

Judge for The Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2002

Judge for The Turner Prize at Tate Britain, 1998

Exhibition Selector for BT New Contemporaries, 1992


In October 2011, MW was made an advisor on the International Advisory Board of the Library of Arabic Literature (LAL). For more information please see here.

NYU Press and NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have announced the establishment of the Library of Arabic Literature (LAL). This new long-term project, funded by a grant from NYUAD’s research center, the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, will initially publish 35 English translations of the great works of classical Arabic literature. The translations, rendered in parallel-text format with Arabic and English on facing pages, will be undertaken by renowned scholars of Arabic literature and Islamic studies. The translations will include a full range of works, including poetry, poetics, fiction, religion, philosophy, law, science, history and historiography.

More information about theLibrary of Arabic Literature can be found here.

MW is on the editorial board for Marvels & Tales, A Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. More information can be found


‘You Silently: Image-Object-Text’
University of Essex, 14th January - 16th February 2008
The Courtauld Library, June 2008

Exhibition curated by Marina Warner and Dawn Ades for University of Essex and The Courtauld Library with a focus on visual poetry in the age of the internet.

'Only Make Believe - Ways of Playing'
Compton Verney Exhibitions, 25th March - 5th June 2005

Curated by Marina Warner, ‘Only Make-Believe’ explores the innate relationship between play, make-believe and art, through the work of over thirty modern and contemporary artists. The link between play and creativity deepened during the twentieth-century and the exhibition focuses on the important historical, social, psychological and cultural aspects of this subject.

Featuring works by Francis Alÿs, Ida Applebroog, Clive Barker, Hans Bellmer, Christian Boltanski, Mat Collishaw, Dorothy Cross, Adam Dant, Henry Darger, Erno Goldfinger, Roger Hilton, Joan Jonas, Glenn Kaino, Wassily Kandinsky, Zbigniew Libera, Melissa McGill, Wendy McMurdo, Annette Messager, Piet Mondrian, The Brothers Quay, Paula Rego, Gerrit Rietveld, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, Monika Sosnowska, Jo Stockham, Richard Wentworth, Sarah Woodfine and Kumi Yamashita.

'Eyes, Lies and Illusions'
Hayward Gallery, London, October 7th 2004 - January 3rd 2005

This exhibition combined more than a thousand instruments, images and devices drawn from the remarkable collection of the German experimental film-maker Werner Nekes with major works by internationally renowned contemporary artists (including Christian Boltanski, Tony Oursler, Marcel Duchamp, Carsten Höller, Markus Raetz, Alfons Schilling, Anthony McCall and Ludwig Wilding) showing how optical phenomena continue to fascinate to this day.

'Metamorphing: Transformation in science, art and mythology'
A Wellcome Trust Exhibition for the Science Museum London, 16th September 2002- 16th February 2003

Metamorphing: Transformation in science, art and mythology.
Co-curator: Sarah Bakewell. Conference, Metamorphing, 12 Feb. 2003 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

'The Inner Eye'
Hayward Touring Exhibitions, 1996-1997
Manchester City Art Galleries
Brighton Museum, Swansea Museum
Dulwich Picture Gallery





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