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Aamer Hussein

Aamer Hussein was born and brought up in Karachi and moved to London aged fifteen in 1970. Described by Mohsin Hamid as a 'trailblazing figure....a Pakistani pioneer in the realm of the short story', he is the author of two novels, 'Another Gulmohar Tree' and 'The Cloud Messenger', and five collections of short stories, including 'Turquoise', 'Insomnia', and, most recently, '37 Bridges' (HarperCollins India, 2015).

Julia Bell

Julia Bell is a writer and Course Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, she is the author of three novels, co-editor of the Creative Writing Coursebook and several short story anthologies. You can find out more at www.juliabell.net

Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer. Her debut collection of stories The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales (Salt, 2014) won The Scott Prize 2013. Writer and cultural commentator Bidisha described Kirsty’s prize-winning collection as: “A thrilling walk through a brilliant mind, full of unexpected connections and utterly original leaps across voice, structure, genre. Truly anarchic artistically but always true emotionally, and delivered with the skill of a virtuoso. Read it in one sitting for the thrill then read it again for the smarts.” Her first novel, The Gracekeepers, is forthcoming in May 2015 through Harvill Secker. She lives with her girlfriend and their rescue puppy in Glasgow, where she mostly reads ghost stories, drinks coffee, and dreams of the sea. She is currently working on a new collection of stories inspired by Scottish folktales.

Marina Warner

Marina Warner was brought up in Egypt, Belgium, and Cambridge, England. She has been a writer since she was young, specialising in mythology and fairy tales, with an emphasis on the part women play in them. In 1994 she gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the theme of Six Myths of Our Time. Her books include Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media (2006), and Stranger Magic Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011). She also writes fiction: The Lost Father (l988), was short listed for the Booker prize, and in 2000, The Leto Bundle (2000) was long-listed.  She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Professorial Research Fellow at SOAS, 2014-2017. Her latest book is Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (OUP, 2014). A collection of short stories Fly Away Home will be published by Salt in autumn 2015. She was Chair of the Man Booker International Prize for 2015, and is convening a series of seminars, 'Orienting Fiction’, at All Souls, Oxford in Trinity Term, 2015, and is writing a memoir-cum-novel set in Cairo in the Fifties. She was awarded the Holberg Prize in the humanities in 2015.


Fairy tale tropes remain a strong feature in stories by writers whose work focuses on change, survival and triumph. Dame Marina Warner will introduce the event with a short talk on fairy tales and will be joined by Royal Society of Literature Fellow Aamer Hussein and Scott Prize winner Kirsty Logan. Chaired by Julia Bell, author and MA Creative Writing course leader at Birkbeck University.

As well as being able to buy an individual ticket to this event, it is also part of our Sunday Package.

The event will be at:

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD