The Humanitas Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature 2015-2016, Dame Marina Warner, is giving a series of lectures on 'The Sanctuary of Stories' at St Anne's College. This lecture is on 'Asylums and Edges.
Dame Marina Warner is an award winning novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer, who works across genres and cultures exploring myths and stories. Recent critical 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 her fiction - most recently her 2015 Fly Away Home: Stories - 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 Brooker International Book Prize. She is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.