'Building Enchantments' by Marina Warner, published in the Venice Biennale catalogue LP Mondo Magico, ed. Cecilia Alemani, 2017

Down Below by Leonora Carrington, introduction by Marina Warner, published by NYRB Classics,April 2017, more info here.

The Shadow Image, ed. Rut Blees Luxembourg, with essay and photographs from a trip to China in l975 by Marina Warner, forthcoming 2017.

January 2017
Marina Warner contributes 'Dreams of Enchantment - Kay Nielsen's illustrations to Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories' to the
A Folio Society limited edition ' Hansel and Gretel The Brothers Grimm' Illustrated by Kay Nielsen, published by The Folio Society, limited to 980 copies. More info can be found here.

MW contributed 'Those Brogues: Marina Warner on her parents and other travellers' to London Review of Books, Vol. 38 No. 19, published on 6th October 2016, pp 29-32, the essay can be read here.

Review of Naomi Mitchison. The Fourth Pig. Introduction by Marina Warner (Princeton 2014) , published in The Lion and the Unicorn, Volume 40, Number 3, September 2016, pp. 360-362 , more info here.

The Tongue of Adam by Abdelfattah Kilito, foreword by Marina Warner published by New Directions (2016) more information can be found here..

Elizabeth Price’s Restoration  Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Spring 2016 website and leaflet.

Introduction to Kay Nielsen, Grimms’ Fairy Tales,  Folio Society , 2016.

‘Joan Jonas and the Scene of Time’,  in Theatrical Fields, ed. Ute Meta Bauer, Singapore.

‘Cairo Creole’, forthcoming in Festschrift for Michael Sheringham, eds. Emily McLaughlin and Patrick McGuinness  (Oxford: Legenda, 2016).

‘Dwelling under the Sea or, The Wonder of a glass sponge’, in Nature and Reason, eds. Wendy Doniger, Peter Galison, and Susan Neiman (Rodopi, 2016).

‘In the Time of Not Yet: The Imaginary of Edward Said’, in Conflicting Humanities, eds. Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy, (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016),pp. 267-276.

‘Filigrana Italiana’, in The Italian Renaissance. A zest for life, ed Michel Jeanneret  (Legenda, Oxford, 2016). Translations:
La Renaissance italienne à pleines dents  (Somogy, Paris, 2016); Il Rinascimento italiano a piene mani  (Edizione di Storia e Letteratura, Roma, 2016).



30th July 2017
Dartington Summer Schools
Stories in Transit: Telling the Tale in Times of Conflict with Marina Warner, Alice Oswald, Peter Oswald and Tamim Al-Barghouti. More info to be announced here.

26th June 2017
MW contributing to a discussion event at TORCH, University of Oxford, 26 June 2017, more details can be found here.


May 11, May 25, June 6 , June 25 2017
Arabic Poetry and Stories Translation Workshops
'It was and it was not…': Translation in Action  (from Arabic into English)
Professor Marina Warner (Birkbeck), Professor Wen-chin Ouyang (SOAS), in conjunction with the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbec, directed by Steve Willey

Workshop Topics and Dates
Workshop 1: May 11 The writer  Hanan al- Shaykh will discuss her work.. 
Topic: The Wiles of Women. Poetry and Stories from The 1001 Nights (2:30 to 5:30 pm, SOAS, B104) 
Public reading. 6.30-8.00 pm  (SOAS, B104) 

Workshop 2: May 25The writer Hoda Barakat will discuss her work. 
Topic: Mad Love. Nizami, The Seven Pavilions: The Tale of Leila and Majnun" (2:30 to 5:30 pm, SOAS, SWLT)
Public reading, 6.30-8.00pm, SOAS SWLT.
Workshop 3: June 6 Writer tbc. Islamic Sicily or Siculo-Arab Literature: poems of Ibn Hamdis and others, and fables from Ibn Zafer, Solwan or the Waters of Comfort (Birkbeck, Room 102, 30 Russell Square)
Workshop 4: June 27  Writer tbc, The poetry and stories of the Abbasid qiyan (Birkbeck , Room 102, 30 Russell Square)
Final workshop in September/October will showcase the work completed over the summer.

16 places for CHASE PhD students; 10 places reserved for independent translators and scholars, for a total of 20 for each workshop.

A: The workshops proposed will adapt methods used for bringing Greek tragedy to an Anglophone reader and apply them to Arabic literature.
With the help of scholars of Arabic literature, who are interested in the wider transmission and enjoyment of their subject, students will work alongside poets, dramatists, translation theorists, and writers of fiction, in order to revision ('awaken') Arabic literary texts for contemporary readers/audiences.

It has become customary, for example, for a poet with no Greek or Anglo-Saxon to re-inhabit a myth or a legend and bring it to vigorous new life– famous examples include Seamus Heaney's Beowulf, Simon Armitage's King Arthur, and the inspired contemporary revoicings of Ovid by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Kate Tempest. By contrast, the riches of classical and traditional literature in Arabic have in some sense been kept from those who cannot read or understand the language. The complexities of Arabic prosody and the vast range of genres and expressions of the Arabic and Persian narrative and poetic corpus seem to preclude access to all but scholars. Workshop participants will explore means and ways to make this literature accessible beyond the specialist circle.

The joint workshops themselves will examine how stories, motifs, characters, images travel across borders and migrate into new host cultures, moving into different languages, different genres, and on to different registers.

B: The workshops also set out to investigate collaborative exploration and discussion for translation/literary recreation in itself. Can the workshop model be a stimulus to the making of fresh, vigorous reawakened material from unfamiliar contexts and languages the writer-translator does not always know? The group sessions will provide the scope to be innovative about participation and collaboration for literary creativity.
Translators of the writers taking part will be present to discuss their task. However the project differs from strict translation, as applies to the work of contemporary Arabic novelists. The workshops are focusing on canonical/ancient/medieval/traditional material and its varying expressions because in this era of hostility to cultures associated with Islam, it is more important than ever to explore the riches of their vast literature and to understand the mutual entanglement of literary traditions.
These workshops will continue the project Stories in Transit, which undertakes nourishing storytelling and creativity in refugee communities. The project began in Oxford in May 2016 and Palermo in September 2016 and May 2017, and is a collaboration between Birkbeck, the University of Palermo, and the NGO Bibliothèques sans Frontières.
The material will include songs and squibs by medieval women poets, romances from Persia, the lyric poetry in Tales of the 1001 Nights, animal and other fables from Solwan, or The Waters of Comfort by Ibn Zafer from Sicily, written in the l2th century, or materials participants themselves propose.
Participants will attend all four workshops at which the visiting speaker and translator will address a text or group of texts; a general discussion about them will follow, leading to a choice of subject to develop work on over the summer and a reunion in the autumn to review the fruits of the workshop.  These will not aim to give faithful versions of the originals, but transpose them, sometimes even into a different form – eg poem to drama, story to song – the reawaken them and communicate them to readers and audiences today.
More information on these events can be found here.


18th May 2017
Birkbeck Arts Week 2017
Found in Translation - The Man Booker International Prize
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London

On the eve of the prize announcement join some of this year's Man Booker International Finalists as they discuss the impact of translation and read from their novels in English and the original. The Man Booker International Prize, whose judges are chaired this year by Birkbeck's Professor Marina Warner, rewards an author for an achievement in fiction. Open to authors from all over the world, either writing originally in English or published in translation. At this event top translator Shaun Whiteside leads a conversation with three finalists attending are Mia Couto, Alain Mabanckou and Marlene van Niekerk.In partnership with English PEN which this year celebrates 10 years of its writers in translation programme, a grant making programme which has recently given awards to Mia Couto and Alain Mabanckou. For more info please see here.

02nd May 2017 7pm
Talking about Leonora Carrington with Chloe Aridjis (writer and co-curator Leonora Carrington, Tate Liverpool 2015), Jennifer Higgie (editor, Frieze) and Marina Warner. As part of Cubitt Galery's events series 'Houses are really bodies: escape, defiance and friendship in the writing of Leonora Carrington'. More info and tickets can be found here.


Marina Warner has contributed 'Magical Aesthetics' a catalogue essay for the Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy (27 April – 8 July 2017) exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art, Australia.

Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy will be the first survey exhibition of one of Australia's leading Indigenous artists. Thompson, of the Bidjara people, works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore notions of identity, race and Australia's colonial history. He made history himself as one of  the first two Aboriginal Australians to be accepted into Oxford University, where he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) in 2016.

Ritual intimacy will cover the breadth of Thompson's practice, both in the media he employs and in the works he has made for Australian  and European contexts. It will include his best-known work in photography, where he has used his own image to present ideas about identity and the collision of cultures, along with his audio and video works that celebrate language and gesture through performance, sound and song.
More info here.

18th April 2017
Down Below by Leonora Carrington, introduction by Marina Warner, published by The New York Review of Books (NYRB Classics) pp vii-xxxvii, more info can be found here.

April 2017
Lenses from Somewhere: A Memory of Ted Hughes by Marina Warner pp 67-74, published in The London Magazine more info can be found here.

06th April 2017
The Debutante and Other Stories by Leonora Carrington, with an introduction by Sheila Heti and an afterword by Marina Warner, published by Silver Press (2017), more info and events can be found here.

02nd April 2017
MW interviewed in 'Giselle: Belle of the Ballet' for BBC Four. Tamara Rojo, dancer and artistic director of English National Ballet, explores Giselle - the first great Romantic ballet, and a defining role for any ballerina. First broadcast on 02nd April 2017, the programme can be watched here.

13th March 2017 6pm
Marina Warner 'The Flight of the Holy House: Nazareth - Loreto- Walsingham' - The annual lecture of the Cambridge Italian Research Network. Tickets and more information can be found here.

09th March 2017 6.30pm
Marina Warner – Stories on the move: suffering, sanctuary, danger
The David Fickling Lecture – given by Marina Warner
Can myths, legends and stories provide alternative shelter? Can literature offer sanctuary in times of dislocation and loss? A place where a refugee, a migrant, or a wanderer might feel at home? In today's geopolitical upheavals, when millions of people are on the move, how do narratives travel between cultures and languages?
More info on the event can be found here.


09th March 2017 6.30pm
The British School at Rome
Artist's talk by Pádraig Timoney - Felicity Powell lecture at British School at Rome
More info here http://www.bsr.ac.uk

14th February 2017 – 16th April 2017
ICA London
MW featured in films on display as part of 'ICA Video Library: 1981-1993' an exhibition of work from the ICA Artists video archives on display at the ICA Fox Reading Room.
Between 1981 and 1993 the ICA's Video Library offered public access to a unique collection of over 1000 tapes including Artists' Videos, Documentaries and Independent Films, at a time when availability of these materials were rare and limited. This Fox Reading Room display explores the role of public access collections, taking the Library's 1986 complete catalogue as a starting point to examine the Video Library, its relationship to
the ICA's ongoing Moving Image programmes and the evolving perception of Moving Image's role in art galleries and institutions.
More information can be found here.

23rd February 2017
The Second 2016-17 Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lecture will be delivered by Marina Warner on the topic "At Home in Your Head: Stories in Times of Displacement"

Dame Marina Warner, best-selling novelist, short-story writer, and scholar is best-known for her work on feminism and myth. Her first book, The Dragon Empress (1972), offers both a study of the Empress Dowager Cixi, or Tz'u-hsi, and a fascinating portrait of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century China, while her second book, Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976), which on its publication generated fierce international controversy, now counts as a standard work in feminist cultural criticism. Since then, she has published a large number of both fiction and non-fiction works, including From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers (1994) and Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-First Century (2006). Her many national and international prizes and honorary degrees include The Holberg Prize, the Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella di Solidareità, the Aby Warburg Prize, and the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
More details can be found here.

16th January 2017
Marina Warner contributes' At the Gogol Centre' to the London Review of Books LRB Blog, can be read here.


06th January 2017
Marina Warner contributes 'Intro: The Picture Posctard' to Speaking Enchantment: Jack Zipes' Picture Postcards.

05th January 2017
Marina Warner contributes 'Anglo-Egyptian Attitudes' to the London Review of Books pp17-20 Volume 39, Number 1 5th January 2017, more info here.

MW Note: The print of Admiral Walker's daughter is differently coloured from the version I describe.

January 2017
Marina Warner contributes 'Dreams of Enchantment - Kay Nielsen's illustrations to Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories' to the
A Folio Society limited edition ' Hansel and Gretel The Brothers Grimm' Illustrated by Kay Nielsen, published by The Folio Society, limited to 980 copies. More info can be found here.




December 2016
14th December 2016
Visiting Pilkington Professor of Art History, Marina Warner.
Marina's first event will be a public lecture'Sanctuary: Places of Safety, Zones of Exclusion', on Wednesday December 14th, 5.30pm in the Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre. More info can be found here.



10th December 2016
Word Factory: Creative writing workshop at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, followed by reading with Dubravka Ugresic and Joanna Walsh. This event was due to take place in March 2016 but was  postponed due to illness.

MW contributes short memoir of Angela Carter for the catalogue of this show: Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter at The Royal West of England Academy, opening on 10th December 2016.
More info here.

The 2016 Longplayer Conversation with Marina Warner and Ali Smith took place on 23 November2016 at The Anatomy Theatre, Kings College, London as part of Utopia 2016. Information on the event can be found here and a recording of the conversation can now be streamed online here.


01st – 04th December 2016
Moscow: British Council authors’ trip to the Book Fair

Lecture by Marina Warner "Travelling Tales and Flying Carpets: Words on the Move"
British Council Russia, 4th December 2016, The State Tretyakov Gallery

Myths, folklore and fairy tales are filled with impossible fantasies, irrational beliefs and savage scenes; yet they are an archive of human thinking about human existence. Marina Warner, following some of the roads stories have travelled, will explore the power of reasoned imagination, its capacity to connect with real life experience, and to redraw ideas of love, justice, and fate.

More info here. Stream the lecture on YouTube here.

November 2016

MW has contributed 'Joan Jonas and the scene of time' pp56-81 to Theatrical Fields: Critical Strategies in Performance, Film, and Video Published by NTU CCA Singapore, König Books, London, and Bildmuseet, Umeå, Edited by Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu. More information can be found here.

The Tongue of Adam by Abdelfattah Kilito, foreword by Marina Warner published by New Directions (2016) more information can be found here.

25th November 2016
Lecture in series ‘Theory at the Megaron-Athens’.

23rd November 2016
The 2016 Longplayer Conversation will take place as part of Utopia 2016 between Ali Smith and Maria Warner
The Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King's College London
Each year leading cultural figures are invited to conduct a public conversation inspired by Longplayer, a composition which unfolds, in real time, over the course of a millennium.
Details and tickets can be found here.

22nd November 2016
Clara Florio Cooper Lecture, Taylorian Institute, Oxford.

Sea-crossings, Survival, Stories: 
Italians have long experience of diaspora, and Italy has also been the point of arrival for many thousands of refugees in the recent and current dislocations of peoples. MW will reflect on the present situation in Sicily, where she has been working with the University of Palermo on a project for encouraging story telling in refugee communities. Can a history of migrations help build new bonds? Is literature be strong enough to help?  What can traditions of narrative performance - puppetry, mime, cantastorie - contribute to societies in extremes of need?   

20th November 2016
Lunch at Buxton Literary Festival, more info here.

18th November 2016
Evening with Chirine al-Aswary storyteller and Samantha Herron,  short story writers, on:
Magic and Power in the Thousand and One Nights, at Rich Mix, more info here.

3rd November 2016
Fickling Lecture Newcastle:
Stories on the Move: Suffering, Sanctuary, Danger


October 2016

MW has contributed the essay 'The perforate Self or Nought is Not Naught' to Anish Kapoor - Archaeology: Biology, Folio 043 published by MUAC Museo Universitation Arte Contemporaneo, UNAM 2016, pp 84-90. Other essays by Cecilia Delgado Masse, Catherine Lampert, Jaime Soler Frost, Pablo Soler Frost, Douglas Maxwell, Hommi K. Bhabha, Lee Ufan and Julia Kristeva. More info can be found here.

MW has contributed an essay on rastaquouères to the 'verbal-visual' issue of Oxford Poetry XV.ii, Summer 2016, the publication can be found here.

MW featured in 'Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart' edited by Krista Halverson (Shakespeare and Company, Paris 2016) pp 331. The book can be found here.

MW contributed 'Those Brogues: Marina Warner on her parents and other travellers' to London Review of Books, Vol. 38 No. 19, published on 6th October 2016, pp 29-32, the essay can be read here.

MW has contributed to the 'Bridget Smith - Now It is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits'
Bloomsbury Festival 2016

The exhibition runs from 19th - 22nd October 2016 at Swedenborg House, London

Artist in residence at the Swedenborg Society, Bridget Smith, presents an exhibition of ongoing work Now It is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits. Inspired by a collection of 24 New Church 'wayside pulpits' from the 1950s held in the archive at Swedenborg House, the exhibition features 58 newly commissioned visionary statements from invited artists, writers, musicians, playwrights and filmmakers. Co-curated with the Swedenborg Society's Director Stephen McNeilly, and designed by the Fraser Muggeridge studio, the posters will be on display at Swedenborg House, the Window Gallery in Conway Hall and around other Bloomsbury Festival venues 2016.

Contributing artists, writers, musicians, playwrights and filmmakers:
Jeremy Akerman, Chloe Aridjis, Homero Aridjis, Fiona Banner, Anna Barham, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Kathrin Böhm, Laurence Crane, Cullinan Richards, Clare Cumberlidge, Eileen Daly, Jeremy Deller, Arnaud Desjardin, Sarah Dobai, Tim Ellis, Simon English, Margarita Gluzberg, David Greig, International Lawns, Melanie Jackson, Sarah Jones, Ben Kelly, Hilary Koob Sassen, Andrew Kötting, Michael Landy, John Lawrence, Yve Lomax, Stephen Mcneilly, Melanie Manchot, Brighid Lowe, Michael Marriott, Andrea Mason, Jason Massot, Jeremy Millar, Fraser Muggeridge, Andrew Munks, Hayley Newman, Sally O'reilly, Cornelia Parker, Janette Parris, Dbc Pierre, Joanna Pocock, Clunie Reid, Olivier Richon, Ian Rickson, Giorgio Sadotti, Aura Satz, Rosalie Schweiker, Ali Smith, Bob & Roberta Smith, Bridget Smith, Barnaby Snow, Polly Stenham, Milly Thompson, Gavin Turk, Jessica Voorsanger, Marina Warner, Ian Whittlesea, Ken Worpole.
More information can be found here.

26th-28th October 2016
MW speaking at  ‘Transnational Italies’, British School at Rome
Travelling Stories:  Vicissitudes of Arabesque

The Italian community in Egypt during the first half of the twentieth century included many Jewish families who had fled Mussolini's regime, for whom Alexandria and Cairo held out a promise of luxe, calme, et volupte, an Italy of the mind before the horrors and discontents of modernity.  This modern Flight into Egypt  included the novelist Fausta Cialente, author of Le Levantine and Cortile a Cleopatra, who  confronts the dream of Oriental ease in her fiction. Cialente was also politically activist,  and began a partisan radio station during the war, Radio Cairo, broadcasting to Italy.  MW will explore this transnational figure, in relation to the contemporaneous experience of other Italians in Cairo (includiing her own Southern Italian mother).  
The subtitle quotes something Calvino writes in his essay on La Fiaba. I will try to explore 'oriental' motifs and structures  in Italian writers, some of whom were part of the Italian community in Egypt.  
For more info please see here.

25th October 2016
University of Bologna Marina Warner - Losing Home, Finding Words: Voices In Motion
Dipartimento Di Lingue, Letterature E Culture Moderne Via Cartoleria 5

The meeting with the writer and mythographer Marina Warner will anticipate the days dedicated to the English writer Radclyffe Hall (1880-1943), during which the exhibition of a library collection belonging to Radclyffe Hall and donated to the Library will be inaugurated, and where a seminar of studies dedicated to the writer and gender studies will be held, in collaboration with the Sala Borsa Library and the Gender Bender Festival.
Daniela Corona (Palermo University), Lilla Maria Crisafulli and Rita Monticelli (GRACE and GEMMA, Bologna University)
More information can be found here. The full program can be found here.


20th October 2016 10:00am
MW contributes to 'Technology and the Human Future'
Internet: The 'Always On' Player and Life Itself

Marina Warner, Professor, Birkbeck College, London. Winner of the Holberg Prize, University of Bergen.
Chair: Ane Farsethås, Cultural Editor at Morgenbladet, Oslo.
Virginia Heffernan, author and journalist, former columnist, The New York Times.
Elisabeth Staksrud, Professor, Department for Media and Communication, University of Oslo.

Registration is free but required. Please email nyrb2016@frittord.no with your reservation request.
This event will also be live-streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/TQ4gEM78dNx

More details can be found here.


12th October 2016 7.30pm
Cabinet magazine continues its series on "The School of Death" with a discussion on representations of Hell.
Talks by author and curator Marina Warner and critic George Prochnik.

Event held as part of: Cabinet magazine presents "The School of Death" - 6-14th October 2016 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, organized by Simon Critchley and Sina Najafi.
A quarterly magazine founded in New York in 2000, Cabinet combines the visual style of the design magazine with the investigatory approach of a scholarly journal to promote a new culture of curiosity. At the Centre Pompidou, Sina Najafi and Simon Critchley propose five events on the theme of "The School of Death", in echo of Michel de Montaigne. The events will take different formats: talk, spiritualist session, operatic performance...
More information can be found here.

2nd October 2016 6.45pm
BBC Radio 3 - Sunday Feature
Marina Warner interviewed for ' Philip French and the Critical Ear' broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 2nd October 2016 at 6.45pm

01st October 2016
Marco Gambino in Otello by Roberto Cavosi, Rose Theatre

September 2016

MW contributed 'Dreams of Enchantment' to Folio the Publication to Folio Society pp2-8, more info here.

MW has contributed an essay to the catalogue of 'Leonora Carrington / Lucy Skaer' co-edited by the curator and Jonathon P. Eburne, Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde (Manchester University Press). Details to follow.

26th-28th September 2016                                          
Stories in Transit: Telling the Tale in Times of Conflict
Storie in transito: Raccontare e racconti in tempi di conflitto
Museo Internazionale delle Marionette G. Pasqualino, Palermo

26th-28th September 2016
This workshop will explore four linked questions:

1 Can a shared story provide shelter for people who have lost their homes?  Can a tale become a home? A lieu de mémoire?  Can a memory of literature and the process of making it over and over again build ‘a country of words’ (Mahmoud Darwish)? Can narrative build a place of belonging for those without a nation?

2 Can imaginary, mythic narratives provide an expressive and helpful medium for contemporary testimony? Can make-believe help make-truth?

3 In conditions of fracture, loss, displacement, and hostility can contemporary media help exchanges of stories across borders and ease communications between languages and cultures?

4 Are cultural rights to expressing the imagination and passing on testimony part of human rights?  How can these be supported in communities of refugees, asylum seekers and others who have left their homes for one reason or another? 

Day One: The Shelter of Stories?
I Travelling Texts  (a panel about what kind of stories are held in common) Can travelling stories be strong enough to help now? If they are a resource for survival, can something be done to encourage their traveling on? Would this be a positive resource?

II Archiving War: Whose story is it?
Writing and storytelling workshop with participants’ choices of stories. 

Day Two:  Collecting testimony, transmitting memories
I  ‘I was there’: History, Imagination, and Personal Memories.
Relationship and interactions between them.
Refugees’ stories: Ways of telling: genre and mode, witness, lament, curse, entreaty, etc

Heal or Hurt?  Grief or Grievance?
Effects of telling stories on the survivor: medical views from a psychologist and/or a therapist.
Ethical issues: the ownership of the stories -  authored artifacts and tales in general circulation

II The Practice of Stories
Processes of translation
The question of different languages; figures in between (dragomen, interpreters, children) 
Strolling minstrels, wandering players, rawati and bards 
The Dwelling places of the story-teller – what kind of space is needed?  (a Bedouin tent, an arena, a folding stage, a nook by the fire? 
 How can the widespread use of digital media be harnessed to passing on stories? 
Exploring possibility of building an app or apps to prompt archiving and making narratives.
III  Homo narrans: Human Rights to Culture?
 Is the concept of cultural rights trifling besides the primary needs for shelter, nourishment, warmth, liberty?

Puppetry, masking, dance, music, recitation and other performative and story telling practices.

Day 3
Outing to Lago Pergusa where Persephone/Proserpina was abducted into the Underworld by the God of Darkness, Hades/Pluto. Her mother looked for her desperately afterwards…

Return to Palermo for a concluding gathering? workshop?

19th-23rd September 2016
'Culture and Resilience',  Rockefeller Archive Center , Bellagio,  Italy 

14th September 2016
Experimental Writing at Carroll / Fletcher
Dawn Poetics: Caroline Bergvall in conversation with Marina Warner
More details can be found here.

09th September 2016
Talk in Oxford for colloquium Telling Tales, Writing Stories: ' Stories without Borders: Voices on the Move'.  More info can be found here.

August 2016

Birkbeck academics included in list of greatest feminist thinkers:
Professer Laura Mulvey and Professor Dame Marina Warner CBE from Birkbeck's School of Arts are the only two living British women to be included in a book entitled Fifty-one Key Feminist Thinkers. Published by Routledge, the book includes feminist thinkers, historical and contemporary. Professors Mulvey and Warner are included in the list, alongside distinguished figures such as Sappho, Doris Lessing, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Fifty-One Key Feminist Thinkers, edited by Lori J. Marso (Routledge 2016)

'The feminist thinkers in this collection are the designated "fifty-one key feminist thinkers," historical and contemporary, and also the authors of the entries. Collected here are fifty-one key thinkers and fifty-one authors, recognizing that women are fifty-one percent of the population. There are actually one hundred and two thinkers collected in these pages, as each author is a feminist thinker, too: scholars, writers, poets, and activists, well-established and emerging, old and young and in-between. These feminists speak the languages of art, politics, literature, education, classics, gender studies, film, queer theory, global affairs, political theory, science fiction, African American studies, sociology, American studies, geography, history, philosophy, poetry, and psychoanalysis. Speaking in all these diverse tongues, conversations made possible by feminist thinking are introduced and engaged.'

The book can be found here.



MW contributes essay ' Leonora Carrington: Badger' to Leonora Carrington in The Viktor Wyind Museum booklet, Leeds College of Art. More information here.

18th August 2016 5pm
Edinburgh International Literary Festival
MW reading and talk around Fly Away Home: Stories

17th August 2016
Ted Hughes’s Birthday dinner: after dinner speech by MW

1st August 2016 5.15pm
Talk – title to come

July 2016

'Marina Warner on stories as thought experiments in times of turmoil' - an interview for British Academy Review No. 28 Summer 2016, pp34-39 the interview can be downloaded as a PDF here.

July 2016
MW contributes essay on illustrator Kay Nielsen and the fairy tales that inspired him 'Dreams of Enchantment' to The Folio Magazine pp3-7, more details can be found here.

31st July 2016 – 5th August 2016
Dartington Summer School and Festival
11-12.30 daily, creative writing workshop on ‘Cross-currents in the Ocean of Stories’

'Words from the wise: writing with Marina Warner' - a blog report by Jessica Norrie can be read here.

22nd July 2016 9-30-12.30pm

21st July 2016
Keynote lecture

20th-27th July 2016
ICLA Congress, Vienna

16th-18th July 2016
MW reading at West Cork Literary Festival
(17 July 8.30 pm reading; 18th July 10 am workshop)

15th July 2016 6.30pm
MW talking at Early Modern Society, Birkbeck 

3rd July 2016
Refugee Tales, with Ali Smith, University of Kent

June 2016

MW elected member of Academia Europae, a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy. Our members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. Founded in 1988, with about 3470 members which includes leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law.
More info here.

MW has contributed 'A Symposium on Crying' to The Threepenny Review, Fall 2016 more details to follow here.

MW contributes 'In the Time of Not Yet: On the Imaginary of Edward Said' to Conflicting Humanities edited by Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy published by Bloomsbury Academic 2016. More details here.

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner published in paperback by Oxford University Press, Summer 2016.

19th June 2016 11.30am
Marina Warner, Geoff Dyer and Lisa Appignanesi at The British Library

18th June 2016 4-9pm
British Academy showcase event. More info here.

17th June 2016
‘Falling Idols’, lecture at The National Gallery London

15th June 2016
2.50pm Marina Warner: Stepping beyond Words: Narratives on the Move in Times of Conflict ’

On 13-15 June 2016, the Warburg Institute celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Aby Warburg. At the centre of this commemoration we are holding a conference dedicated to his work and heritage. It will reclaim the centrality of Warburg's thought and vision not only for the London Institute but for the world of international scholarship. A large group of distinguished scholars will discuss the implications of his thought for the history of art, images and cultures. The aim will be not only to illuminate the past, but to reveal the potential of his writings for the debate about contemporary cultural differences as well.

Organisers: David Freedberg and Claudia Wedepohl (Warburg Institute)

Speakers: Andreas Beyer (Basel), Horst Bredekamp (Humboldt University Berlin), Robert Darnton (Harvard), Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), Georges Didi-Huberman (EHESS, Paris), Frank Fehrenbach (Hamburg), Uwe Fleckner (Hamburg), Kurt Forster (Yale), David Freedberg (Warburg Institute), Carlo Ginzburg (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Christopher Johnson (Bilderfahrzeuge Project), Philippe-Alain Michaud (Pompidou Centre), Peter Miller (Bard Graduate Center, New York), WJT Mitchell (Chicago), Ulrich Raulff (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach), Elisabeth Sears (Michigan), Salvatore Settis (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary), Anke te Heesen (Humboldt University Berlin), Martin Treml (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin), Martin Warnke (Hamburg), Marina Warner (Oxford and Birkbeck), Claudia Wedepohl (Warburg Institute), Sigrid Weigel (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin) and Cornelia Zumbusch (Hamburg)
Venue: UCL Institute of Education, Jeffery Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Conference poster - Click here to download poster and for more details.

13th June 2016, 2pm
Aby Warburg 150: Work, Legacy and Promise
The Warburg Institute
University of London

On 13-15 June 2016, the Warburg Institute celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Aby Warburg. At the centre of this commemoration we are holding a conference dedicated to his work and heritage. It will reclaim the centrality of Warburg's thought and vision not only for the London Institute but for the world of international scholarship. A large group of distinguished scholars will discuss the implications of his thought for the history of art, images and cultures. The aim will be not only to illuminate the past, but to reveal the potential of his writings for the debate about contemporary cultural differences as well.
Speakers: Andreas Beyer, Horst Bredekamp, Robert Darnton, Lorraine Daston, Georges Didi-Huberman, Frank Fehrenbach, Uwe Fleckner, Kurt Forster, David Freedberg, Carlo Ginzburg, Christopher Johnson, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Peter Miller, WJT Mitchell, Andrea Pinotti, Ulrich Raulff, Elisabeth Sears, Quentin Skinner, Anke te Heesen, Martin Treml,Martin Warnke, Marina Warner, Claudia Wedepohl, Sigrid Weigel and Cornelia Zumbusch.
For more info see here.
Marina Warner's talk can be viewed here around 05.25 minutes.

10th June 2016
ITALY AND THE CLASSICS Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama,
St Giles, Oxford

10.15am – Welcome (Marina Warner)

10.30-11.30am: Fin de Siècle Italy
(Chair: Matthew Reynolds)
Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Freelance Writer)
Michael Subialka (Oxford)

11.30-12.45: The Performance Arts
(Chair: Ela Tandello)
Eleftheria Ioannidou (Birmingham)
Rosella Simonari (London)
Simone Spagnolo (Anglian Ruskin)

12.45-2pm LUNCH

2-3.15pm: Early Modern Italy
(Chair: Glenn Most)
Martin McLaughlin (Oxford)
Matthew Leigh (Oxford)
Nicola Gardini (Oxford)

3.15-3.45pm TEA

3.45-5pm: Film
(Chair: Oliver Taplin)
Maria Wyke (London)
Massimo Fusillo (L’Aquila)
6pm (JdP, St Hilda’s) – DRINKS RECEPTION

6.30-7pm: Pre-Performance Talk
(Chair: Marina Warner)
Jane House (Translator), Marco Gambino and Sasha Waddell, Roberto Cavosi (Playwright)

7-8pm PERFORMANCE of Roberto Cavosi’s Bellissima Maria
(after Phaedra)
8.15pm – Q&A

8.30pm DINNER

7th June 2016
Into the Woods: Fairy Tales of Home.  Marina Warner in the second part of her seminar will look at: Angela Carter, Wise Children and Helen Oyeyemi, Mr Fox. Chaired by Russell Celyn Jones Part of MA Creative Writing at Birkbeck, London.

6th June 2016 5pm                                                     
Lecture on ‘Orienting Fairy Tales’, Keble College, Oxford

May 2016

12th May 2016
Marina Warner will be the Humanitas visiting professor of Comparative European Literature for 2015-16. She will deliver a series of three lectures on the theme of 'The Sanctuary of Stories', exploring myths and myth-making.
Dame Marina Warner delivers the inaugural lecture of her series on 'the sanctuary of stories', the video of the lecture can be viewed on YouTube here

MW contributed to Cornelia Parker's exhibition 'FOUND' at the Foundling Museum, 27 May 2016 — 04 Sep 2016

For this major exhibition, Foundling Fellow Cornelia Parker has invited over sixty outstanding artists from a range of creative disciplines to respond to the theme of 'found', reflecting on the Museum's heritage.
Combining new and existing work with found objects kept for their significance, the exhibition will unfold throughout the Museum, interacting with historic works in the Collection and with each other. Parker's inspiration has in part been taken from the Museum's eighteenth-century tokens – small objects left by mothers with their babies as a means of identification should they ever return to the Foundling Hospital to claim their child.

Artists participating in FOUND include: Ron Arad RA, Phyllida Barlow RA, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Deacon RA, Tacita Dean RA, Jeremy Deller, Edmund de Waal, Brian Eno, Antony Gormley RA, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Heatherwick RA, Christian Marclay, Mike Nelson, Laure Prouvost, David Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Wolfgang Tillmans RA, Marina Warner and Rachel Whiteread. Twenty Royal Academicians are contributing to the show, echoing the role that the Foundling Hospital played in the development of the Royal Academy. Founded in 1739 to care for babies at risk of abandonment, the Foundling Hospital was supported by the leading artists of the day, many of whom donated work, thanks to the revolutionary involvement of the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. The Royal Academy's origins can be traced to the collective mobilisation of artists and the promotion of British art that took place at the Hospital during the eighteenth century.
More information can be found here.

'Finders Keepers' MW describes the intruiing item that she has contributed to a major exhibtiion of found objects. curated by Cornelia Parker RA at the Foundling Museum for RA Magazine, Summer 2016 page 24, also feastured in The Guardian, 25 May 2016 here.

31st May 2016
Back to Troy: Myths of War.  Marina Warner will look at retellings, translations and transformations, and revisionings through returns to the story of the Trojan War, the Odyssey and domestic fairy tales.  Chaired by Russell Celyn Jones
Recommended reading:  Christopher Logue, War Music; Elizabeth Cook, Achilles;  David Malouf, Ransom.
Part of MA Creative Writing at Birkbeck, London.

29th May 2016 2.30pm
Sunday 29 May 2016
PUTIN AND POWER Svetlana Alexeivich. Nobel Prize 2015,  – in conversation with MW Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre London. More details can be found here.

21st May 2016
Calleva Symposium on Make-Believe, Magdalen College, Oxford
 MW lecture on ‘“Playing is reality”:  Wishing, foreseeing and foresuffering all in myths and fairy tales’

13th May 2016 3-6pm
'The Bearer-Beings': Portable Stories in Dislocated Times

Translation and Criticism
Convened by Marina Warner, Weidenfeld Professor of Comparative European Literature, 2016 and President of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) and Prof. Matthew Reynolds, Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT). This initiative is kindly supported by the Metabolic Studio.

On Friday May 13 2016 from 3–6 pm a small workshop will be held focusing on rendering Arabic, including literature from Sicily during the period when Arabic was one of the island's languages, stories from the Arabian Nights (including verse passages), folklore, and the work of Tamim al-Barghouti. Foreshadowing the 14 May workshop, this workshop looks at the act of translation as a form of transmission. Writers with other languages to be used as bridges to Arabic are most welcome. Some material will be shared ahead of time. Limited to 24 in Seminar Room 8 of the Ruth Deech Building at St Anne's College, Oxford.
This workshop will be followed by a workshop on the 14th of May.

These Oxford-based workshops feed into a 3-day workshop in Sicily in September 2016 that will engage with the expression, circulation, translation, and re-telling of stories in contemporary refugee and multicultural communities.

14th May 2016 10-6pm
'The Bearer-Beings': Portable Stories in Dislocated Times
Intercultural Literary Practices

Convened by Marina Warner, Weidenfeld Professor of Comparative European Literature, 2016 and President of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) and Prof. Matthew Reynolds, Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT). This initiative is kindly supported by the Metabolic Studio.

On Saturday14 May 2016 from 10 am–6 pm, Marina Warner and Matthew Reynolds will hold a creative writing workshop with the writers Philip Terry, Alice Oswald, Tamim al-Barghouti, and the storyteller Ben Haggarty. The workshop revolves around the concept of stories and their literary, oral, visual, or musical transmission. The workshop not only hopes to interrogate how individuals communicate stories in different cultures, spaces, and times, but hopes that workshop participants will create and 'transmit' their own interesting variations of ancient myths or more modern folklore. Participants are expected to come to the workshop with either a myth or folktale (from any place or era) in order to actively explore how the transmission of stories is a distinctive, energetic, and dynamic process. Participants are limited to 50, in the Seminar Room of the Radcliffe Humanities Building. Registration will take place at 9 am. The day will be interspersed with breaks for tea, coffee, and lunch.

These Oxford-based workshops feed into a 3-day workshop in Sicily in September 2016 that will engage with the expression, circulation, translation, and re-telling of stories in contemporary refugee and multicultural communities.

Please contact Dr Eleni Philippou at comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk if you would like to attend either of these events.

More info on both of these events can be found here. Read more about the events in these PDF's here
and here.

April 2016

27th April 2016 5.30-7pm
St Anne's College, Oxford
Marina Warner on The Sanctuary of Stories: Worlds of Words

Marina Warner is an award winning novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer, who works across genres and cultures exploring myths and stories. Recent work has focused particularly on the magic of fairy tales and the Arabian Nights, including Stranger Magic (2011), and Once Upon a Time (2014). In Fly Away Home: Stories (2015) she draws on mythic predecessors, translating them into contemporary significance. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Holberg Prize, and was also Chair of the judging panel for the Man Booker International Book Prize. She is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

20th April 2016 12.30 pm
Discussion and launch of Terence Cave’s new book, Thinking with Literature, TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford.

Thinking With Literature
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Bringing together cognitive sciences, philosophy, and the theory of communication, Thinking With Literature argues that what literature affords above all is a way of thinking, whether for writer, reader, or critic. We are joined by the author Terence Cave (Emeritus Professor of French Literature and Emeritus Research Fellow, St John's College), who will discuss the questions raised in his new book with:

Ilona Roth (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Open University)
Marina Warner (Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London)
Deirdre Wilson (Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, UCL)

The discussion will be chaired by Emily Troscianko (Member of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford). Join us for a sandwich lunch from 12:30, with discussion from 13:00 to 14:00. Free, all welcome. No booking required, seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. More information here. Part of Book at Lunchtime, a fortnightly series of bite size book discussions, with commentators from a range of disciplines.

Terence Cave, professor of French Literature and the author of Thinking with Literature, discusses the cognitive function of literature and its creation of new ways of thinking; with contributions from Ilona Roth (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Open University), Marina Warner (Weidenfeld Professor of Comparative European Literature, St Anne's College, University of Oxford), and Deirdre Wilson (Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, UCL). Part of the ongoing TORCH Book at Lunchtime series.

A video of the event can be watched here.


8th April 2016 5.30pm
MW reading from Limiti Naturali, short story collection edited Laura di Michele and translated by Valentina Castagna.  At the Museo INternaztionale G Pasqualino delle Marionette, Palermo  at 17.30 h.

March 2016

MW's Fly Away Home includede in the longlist for Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016, more information can be found here.

8th of March 2016 6.30-8pm
 RCA Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2015/16
Rise up & Envision
Arabesque - Catherine David & Marina Warner
 Gorvy Lecture Theatre, RCA Dyson Building
For the forthcoming Visual Cultures Lecture Series we are pleased to welcome Catherine David & Marina Warner who will present their recent research and discuss gender, politics, and contemporary art. The conversation will be chaired by Margarita Gluzberg, Research Tutor at the RCA School of Fine Art. The lecture is free and open to all - it will be live broadcast by this is tomorrow.
 Find out more here:

Broadcast by This Is Tomorrow on YouTube here.



1st March 2016
StAnza 2016 - Scotland's International Poetry Festival - St Andrew's, Scotland

Marina Warner - The Way We Live Now - Is British culture a myth?
On the eve of StAnza, the Byre Theatre and the University of St Andrews will host a debate, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on the theme Is British culture a myth? The speakers will be the literary critic and writer Marina Warner, the poet and critic Robert Crawford, and leading academics Ali Ansari and Murray Pittock. The debate will be livestreamed to Cardiff where a parallel event is being held.
All details can be found here.

February 2016

27th February 2016
Word Factory, Waterstones Picadilly

MW contributed 'Grief fills up the room' from King John by William Shakespeare to Poems That Make Grown Women Cry edited by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden published by Simon & Schuster UK (25 Feb. 2016). More details can be found here.

Reading the World: Changing the Dynamics of Canon Formations - Keynote Address

A video and audio podcast is now available for the Reading the World: Changing the Dynamics of Canon Formations - Keynote Address, held on Thursday 03 December 2015 at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Speaker(s): Co-chairs: Professor Rose Levinson (PhD), Professor Francesca Orsini (PhD), Marina Warner
This podcast is now available on the SAS website, YouTube and iTunes U.
All details can be found here.

11th Feburary 2016
John Rylands Memorial Lecture, Manchester

10th February 2016
MW contributed 'Visions of the Honeycomb' an essay for Incidents of Travel in the Multiverse by AL and AL published by Cornerhouse UK 2016) pp 68-76. Published to accompany the exhibition at HOME, Manchester, 6 Feb – 27 Mar 2016. Curated by Bren O'Callaghan & Sarah Perks.More details can be found here.


3rd February 2016
University of Chichester
MW gives a reading about her recent collection of short stories, Fly Away Home

January 2016

30th January 2016
This year's Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture, 'Proust and music, politics and flesh', will be delivered by Jacqueline Rose. The lecture will take place at 2:30 pm on 30 January 2016, at Room B04, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD London.

The lecture is open to the public; however, spaces will be limited. Book a free place on Eventbrite.
Details can be found here.

'Open Questions' – An Interview with Marina Warner by Karina Jakubowicz in The Literateur.com on 14 Jan 2016
can be read here.

BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed: Rituals at Christmas & beyond
First broadcast on 28th December 2015

Laurie Taylor presents a special programme on the place of rituals in everyday life. How have they changed over time and do we still need them? He's joined by Adam Kuper, Centennial Professor in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Marina Warner, writer and mythographer and Elizabeth Pleck, Professor Emeritu of History and Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Illinois.
Details can be found here.


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