Mariella Frostrup is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner, firmly established as an intelligent and accessible commentator in a wide range of programmes and publications. She is currently best known as presenter of Radio 4’s long running weekly programme Open Book and as host of BBC1’s The Big Painting Challenge. Other broadcasting projects include Bringing Up Britain, the Radio 4 series which looks at the challenges of modern parenting; Mariella’s Book Show and Objects of Desire both for Sky Arts. She has had her own weekly dilemma column, Dear Mariella, for the Observer newspaper for the last 10 years, and writes regularly for other newspapers and magazines. Mariella has been on the judging panels of various awards including The Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Evening Standard Film Awards, the Turner Prize, the Amnesty International Media Awards, the London Film Festival, the BBC National Short Story Award and the RIBA Stirling Prize Awards Mariella is a Trustee of The Great Initiative; a charity which promotes gender equality. She lives in Somerset with her husband and two children.