Marina Warner

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 fairytales.
“My critical and historical books and essays explore different figures in myth and fairy tale, such as the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc; more recently I have concentrated on fairy tales, including the Arabian Nights. I also write novels and short stories, often drawing on mythic or other imaginary predecessors to translate them into contemporary significance – to re-vision them.

Stories come from the past but speak to the present, and I have found that I need to write stories as well as deconstruct them and place them in historical contexts, because I myself love reading works of imagination, and I would like to join the conversation with admired predecessors, who range from Apuleius to Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, and Angela Carter.”

Recent Diary Entries

26 June 2024 – Keynote @ Women and the Arts Forum Conference, National Gallery


Booking is now available to attend the Women and the Arts Forum Conference 2024, where Marina will be giving the Keynote speech on Paula Rego. Attendance is online and in-person, here. More details to follow soon.


LRB Screen X MUBI: Arabian Nights, Monday 20 May, 8pm


At The Garden Cinema (London WC2B 5PQ), Marina will be introducing the film Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One (2015), the first in a trilogy of films by the Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes. The screening is organised by the London Review Booksh …


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