My name is Marina Benjamin. I’m a writer, journalist and trainer. That means books, articles and workshops. In my time I’ve served as arts editor for the New Statesman and deputy arts editor for the Evening Standard, and written for most of the broadsheet newspapers. I’ve also worked as a columnist for the Daily Express and Scotland on Sunday.

Among my books, Living at the End of the World (Picador, 1998) put modernday end-time cults in the spotlight. Rocket Dreams (Chatto & Windus, 2003) was an off-beat elegy to the Space Age, and Last Days in Babylon (Bloomsbury, 2007) was a family memoir narrating the life, times, trials and joys, of my Baghdadi-born grandmother. I’ve also edited two books about women’s relationship to science and contributed essays to several more.

I’ve been lucky enough over the yeas to have benefitted from a travel award from the Society of Authors and a couple of Arts Council Grants for the Arts to develop new writing. I’ve held fellowships at Hawthornden Castle and at the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, Italy, and I was the Royal Literary Fund fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2007-2009.

In addition, Rocket Dreams was short-listed for the Eugene Emme award in the USA. Last Days in Babylon was long-listed for the Wingate Prize in 2008, and in 2004 one of my feature articles, ‘Letter From Baghdad,’ won the Jewish Press Association of America’s award for ‘Excellence in Journalism’.

When not writing books, I teach life writing courses at the Arvon Foundation, and train academic staff at the London School of Economics and elsewhere in knowledge transfer and communications. I’ve devised educational workshops for the government’s Creative Partnerships programme and creativity training for teachers in association with the Map Consortium.

I live in London, where I continue to write, teach, give readings and review books. Currently, I’m at work on a new memoir about my father’s life in haute couture.