English Association Literary Salon – Marina Warner in conversation with Shahidha Bari

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction and cultural history, whose books include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976), Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (1982) and Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1988). In 1994 she gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the theme of Six Myths of Our Time. She has explored the fairytale tradition in From the Beast to the Blonde (1994) and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011). She has curated exhibitions, including The Inner Eye (1996), Metamorphing (2002-3), and Only Make-Believe: Ways of Playing (2005), and contributed essays to books and catalogues, which will be collected in Seeing Feelingly, forthcoming. Her third novel, The Lost Father, was short-listed for the Booker prize in 1988; it was followed by Indigo, a retelling of The Tempest, and, in 2000, by The Leto Bundle, a novel about a refugee travelling in time. Her most recent book is Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale. A third collection of short stories, Fly Away Home, was published in 2015. In 2015 she was made DBE and given the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, a Fellow of the British Academy and President of the Royal Society of Literature.

Shahidha Bari is Senior Lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary University of London and Fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at the LSE. She was one of the first ever BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers in 2011 and won the Anthony Burgess Arts Criticism Prize in 2015. She writes for the TLS, Times Higher, Guardian and Financial Times. She features regularly on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review, Front Row & Woman’s Hour, and is an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking. She is writing a book on the philosophy of dress. You can follow her on Twitter @ShahidhaBari but beware puns and cats.

Friday 7th July, 3.30