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The 2013 Judging Panel

Professor Ian Sansom chaired the panel of five judges for the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing. He was joined by the Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, Professor Ed Byrne and writer of fiction, criticism and history, Professor Marina Warner.

Professor Ian Sansom, Chair of The Warwick Prize for Writing Judging Panel

Ian Sansom is a Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick and teaches on the Warwick Writing Programme. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, he is former Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and previously taught at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast.

He is the author of nine books, including The Truth About Babies (2002), Ring Road (2004), and the popular Mobile Library series of novels.

Ian Sansom writes for The Guardian and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

 Ian Sansom Photo by Jon Sparks/Corbis

Photo credit:
Susan Lovell


Professor Ed Byrne
Professor Ed Byrne

Professor Ed Byrne became Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University on 6 July 2009.

He began his career in Adelaide after graduating with first class honours from the University of Tasmania in 1974. He was made Neurology Registrar at Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1978. In 1983, he was appointed Director of Neurology at St Vincent's Hospital and Professor Clinical Neurology University Melbourne in 1992.

Professor Byrne was a founding director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience in 1993. He was also made Professor of Experimental Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 2001. He first came to Monash University as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, a role he held from 2003 until 2007. Professor Byrne was then appointed the Vice Provost (Health) at University College London (UCL). He held that position until becoming the eighth Vice-Chancellor at Monash University.

Since 2002, Professor Byrne has been a non-executive director of Cochlear Pty Ltd. He was previously a Director of BUPA, the UK's leading provider of private health care insurance and health care services (operating in Australia as HBA and MBF). The University of Melbourne awarded him a Doctor of Science, a higher degree conferred in recognition of a demonstrated record of research excellence. He completed a Masters of Business Administration in 2005.

Professor Byrne was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006. He has also served on a number of charitable trusts and provided advice to several community-based organisations in the neurology area.


Professor Marina Warner

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols, and fairytales. Born in London in 1946, she read French and Italian as an undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, of which she is now an Honorary Fellow.

Since 2004 she has been a professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. She gave the Reith Lectures on the theme of Managing Monsters in 1994. She is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London, a visiting professor at NYU Abu Dhabi and a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art in London, in the Department of Animation. Marina holds honorary doctorates from 11 different Universities.

Her books include a study of the cult of the Virgin Mary (Alone of All Her Sex, reissued by OUP in 2012) and, more recently, Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media. ‘Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights’ was published in November 2011. She is currently working on a novel inspired by her father’s bookshop in Egypt in the Fifties entitled ‘Inventory of a Life Mislaid’.

Marina was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and was made a CBE for services to literature in 2008. She is President of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) for the period 2010-2013. She is currently a trustee of The National Portrait Gallery and patron of Hosking Houses Trust, Reprieve and The Society for Storytelling.

Professor Marina Warner