St John's College Oxford
Maria Dahvana Headley has written The Mere Wife, an astonishing retelling of Beowulf, and is also working on a new translation of the poem. Professor Carolyne Larrington hosts a reading and Q and A with the audience, chaired by St John's alumnus David Clark.

The Mere WifeMaria Dahvana Headley is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of seven books, most recently The Mere Wife, a contemporary adaptation of Beowulf (MCD at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, and Scribe UK). A new translation of Beowulf will follow from the same publishers in 2019. She's written two young adult novels, Magonia and Aerie (HarperCollins), and with Neil Gaiman, she is the editor of the anthology Unnatural Creatures. Her Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Award-shortlisted fiction has been anthologized in many years’ bests. She grew up in rural Idaho on a survivalist sled-dog ranch, and now lives in Brooklyn.