Dame Marina Warner CBE FBA FRSL served as patron from 2006-21. She is retaining links with HHT as she is writing the introduction to their forthcoming publication Legends of deep England explored and re-imagined.
She is a novelist, historian, critic, mythographer and academic and is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London and a distinguished Fellow of All Souls College Oxford. She has written myths and fairy tales, with a special focus on women, including Alone of all her sex: the myth and cult of the Virgin Mary (1976) and Joan of Arc: the image of female Heroism (1981) and Monuments and Maidens: the allegory of the female form (1988). Her studies of stories range from Fantastic Metamorphoses: Other Worlds (2001), Once Upon a Time- a short history of the Fairy Tale (2014) and her epic study Stranger Magic; charmed states and The Arabian Nights (2011).
Her novel The Lost Father (1998) was short-listed for the Booker Prize: The Leto Bundle (2000) was long-listed. She has published three collections of short stories, curated exhibitions and contributed to artists’ catalogues, Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists appeared in 2018.
In 1984 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and, in 1994, she gave the Reith Lectures published as Managing Monsters: Six Myths of Our Time. She holds eleven honorary doctorates, has won many awards of which the most recent was the Holberg Prize in 2015. The same year she chaired the Man Booker International Prize. Her most recent book Inventory of a Life Mislaid: an unreliable memoir (2021) explores her early years in Cairo and her father’s bookshop there.