Marina Warner is a cultural historian, critic, novelist and short story writer. She takes a particular interest in the study of art, myth, symbols and fairy tales. She was made a CBE for services to literature in 2008, and is currently a Fellow at All Souls College Oxford. She teaches at the University of Essex.
Her books include No Go the Bogeyman - On Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock; Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights; and Once Upon a Time: A Short History of the Fairy Tale. She is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.