Spring / Summer 2016 Forthcoming publications

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).

DIARY 2016

December 2016

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 but was  postponed due to illness.

November 2016

3rd November 2016
Fickling Lecture, Newcastle

October 2016
26th-28th October 2016
MW speaking at  ‘Transnational Cultures’, British School at Rome

September 2016

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?

August 2016

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

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’

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

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.

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

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.

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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