5th-23rd January 2014
J-Term NYU Abu Dhabi
Launch of Scheherazade's Children, eds. Philip Kennedy and Marina Warner.
24th February 2014
MW contributed ' Liberty - a few words' to the Writers At Liberty project launched online Monday 24th February, to celebrate Liberty's 80th birthday. The piece can be read here.
25th February 2014
Wolfson College Life-Writing Seminar
MW contributed 'On Magic' to A Symposium on Magic in The Threepenny Review Issue 137, Spring 2014 p16-17. Details here.
6th March 2014
MW contributed 'Short Cuts' to London Review of Books, Vol 36, Number 5, page 19
ESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL 2014
3rd March 2014 6-8pm
Essex Book Festival event - Tapestry
Professor Philip Terry talks about his new novel Tapestry,recently shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2013.Taking as its starting point marginal images in the Bayeux Tapestry, largely unexplained by historians, the book retells the story of the Norman Conquest from the point of view of the English nuns who embroidered the epic work in the 11th century.
Held at Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
Part of the University's Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series 2013-14, more info here.
8th March 2014, 10:30am - 5:00pm
Essex Book Festival event - BONES
The Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex presents a thought-provoking day of talks, readings and discussions, bringing together writers, poets and artists to explore ideas inspired by the theme of bones, such as death, underworlds and extinction.
Speakers include writer Ken Worpole, poet and graphic artist Alan Halsey, poet Geraldine Monk, artist-film-maker Lynn MacRitchie, author Jay Griffiths, and Marina Warner, James Canton and Phillip Terry from the University of Essex.
Held at Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ . The poster for this event can be downloaded here. A blogpost about the event can be found here.
9th March 2014 9pm
MW interviewed for BBC Four documentary 'Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake' . The film can be watched here.
12th March 2014 6pm
Roberto Cavosi, Antony and Cleopatra at the Races,
Held at The
Italian Institute, London, introduced by Marina Warner. Please click here or on the image below for further details.
13th March 2014
MW introduces the Adhaf Souief Lecture, Khalili Theatre, SOAS,London.
Global Art Forum 8, Dubai
21st March 5-6pm
MW in Conversation with Omar Berrada as part of Meanwhile...History*, as part of the Global Art Forum 8, Dubai. Art Dubai, Mina A A'Salam, Madinat Jumerirah, Dubai
Meanwhile … Meanwhile: Lapses in Time and Narrative
How does a writer or a filmmaker skip forward or flash back? And how do they account for history's gaps, elisions, and returns? What exactly happens in the meanwhile, in the two months earlier, in the ever after? What is a narrative time lapse? Let's dwell on the meanwhile, on the ghosts of time, on what embodies and disembodies it. Let's dwell in the meanwhile.
John Akomfrah * (Artist, filmmaker and writer), Marina Warner (Writer). Hosted by Omar Berrada (Writer, translator, co-director of Dar al-Ma'mûn and co-director of Global Art Forum 8). The session's video montage by Hind Mezaina (Artist and writer/blogger).
More details can be found here.
09th April 2014
BBC RADIO 4 Broadcast
The Power and the Passion - Marina Warner on the power of places.
MW contributes to BBC Radio 4 Lent Talks, more details can be found here.
17th April 2014
'Story-Bearers', MW's essay review of Je parle toutes les langues, mais en arabe by Abdelfattah Kilito in London Review of Books Vol. 36 No. 8 4 pages 19-20 can be found here.
08th May 2014
Marina Warner unlocks the cross-cultural secrets of the Arabian Nights by Clare Dight published in Abu Dhabi's The National on May 8, 2014 . The article can be read here.
08th May 2014
Critical Thinking #5: Marina Warner by Zeljka Marosevic, published in Prospect Magazine, the interview can be read here.
12th May 2014
'There's method in theatre's blood and gore'
Tragedies such as Titus Andronicus bring us face to face with intense violence. They also carry a vital contemporary message.
Marina Warner in The Guardian, Monday 12 May 2014, page 22. The article can be read here.
15th May 2014
Fiction as Therapy: Towards a Neo-Phenomenological Theory of the Novel
Professor Patricia Waugh, chaired by Professor Marina Warner
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
All details can be found here.
29th May 2014 11.30am
BBC Radio 4
MW interviewed for Radio 4's 'A German Genius in Britain' - documentary on W.G. Sebald. Can be streamed here.
14th June 2014 2–3pm
St Anne's College will be running the first Oxford Translation Day, a celebration of literary translation consisting of workshops and talks throughout both days at St Anne's and around the city, culminating in the award of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.
A Discussion on World Literature: Marina Warner, Flora Drew and Rebecca Carter
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, OX1 2AQ
Marina Warner (writer, mythographer and Chair of Judges for the Man Booker International Prize), Rebecca Carter (publisher and literary agent) and translator Flora Drew in discussion about world literature and translation.
MW contributed to 'A Letter To An Unknown Soldier' - A series of WW1 Centenary Memorial Commissions
On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he's reading a letter. On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war – in this year crowded with official remembrance and ceremony – we're inviting everyone in the country to pause, take a moment or two, and write that letter. All the letters the soldier receives will be published here, creating a new kind of war memorial – one made only of words.
MW's letter can be found here and more about the overall project can be found here.
MW contributed 'Nine' to 'Culture and Climate Change: Narratives, edited by
Joe Smith, Renata Tyszczuk, Robert Butler published by Shed 2014. The book can be read and downloaded here and the book can be bought here.
'Sarah Pickstone' An essay by Marina Warner in 'Park Notes- An Anthology of writing and art inspired by a London park' by Sarah Pickstone, published
by Daunt Books, July 2014. Details here.
Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights by Marina Warner, review by Dominique Jullien
published in Marvels & Tales,
Volume 28, Number 1, 2014 , pp. 203-2. Details can be found here.
MW elected Research Professorial Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
MW contributed an edited version of her Lenten talk broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (March 2014) to St Mary's School Ascot Alumnae Association Magazine, Issue 11, Summer 2014 pp 24-25.
1st September 2014
MW becomes Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London. More information can be found here.
5-7th September 2014
'Sampling the Myth' Deloitte Ignite Festival, Royal Opera House, London MW writing accompanying texts
More details here
14-24th September 2014
Visiting Professor, University of Palermo
29th September 2014
Beginning of term at Birkbeck College
'Devil's Dictionary' an essay review of Shakespeare's Demonology: A Dictionary, by Marion Gibson and Jo Ann Esra, can be found in Around the Globe Issue 58 Sutumn 2014, page 49 published by Shakespeare's Globe.
MW contributed 'The Tortoiseshell Bag' published in AnOther Magazine, Issue 27, Winter 2014, guest edited by Sylvia Whitman, owner of Shakespeare and Company, Paris.
Oxford University Press to publish 'Once Upon A Time - A Short History of Fairy Tale' by Marina Warner .
More details can be found here here. Reviewed by Amanda Craig in The Guardian here and in The Lady here.
08th October 2014
'The top 10 fairytales from Hans Christian Andersen to Angela Carter's Bloody Chamber, Marina Warner picks her favourite fairytales'
MW contributes to Books section of The Guardian, 08 October 2014. Can be read here.
10th October 2014 11.45am
Cheltenham Festival to present Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Myth
Held at The Inkpot, Imperial Square.
British writer and mythographer Marina Warner explores a multitude of tales through the ages, from Red Riding Hood to Hansel and Gretel, from The Little Mermaid to Pan's Labyrinth.
16 October 2014
Royal Society of Literature:
Life With William Morris
Chairing Fiona MacCarthy talking on her show Anarchy & Beauty (National Portrait Gallery)
Held at Ondaatje Wing Theatre, National Portrait Galler, London.
17th October 2014
'"Your golden hair, Margerete…": Anselm Kiefer's symbolism and the language of fairy tale.'
Royal Academy, London
Anselm Kiefer has returned obsessively to the forests and mountains of the Grimm Brothers' tales and other German Romantic writings, and reworked the symbolic language of the folktale in his art. His fierce, contemplative imagination enters the darkness at the heart of this popular tradition. While many of the most loved stories (Cinderella, Snow White), are found all over the world, Kiefer has opened seams of his own history and culture, and made his art into acts of memory and mourning. Marina Warner, whose new book Once Upon a Time: A short history of fairy tale (OUP) explores the resonance of the tradition on other media, will explore Kiefer's imagery and concerns in the context of 'the fairy way of writing', which the Grimms did so much to define.
More info on this event canbe found here.
21st October 2014 6pm
'Poetry in Metamorphosis'
A day of readings and discussion at Italian Institute, London, convened by British School at Rome with British Comparative Literature Association.
British School at Rome: Poetry in Metamorphosis
A celebration of Italian Poetry and translation as part of the British Academy Guardian Language Festival and the Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo 2014. Held in London at the British Academy and the Italian Cultural Institute the day includes poetry readings by Philip Terry, Jamie McKendrick and Antonella Anedda.
Matthew Reynolds to introduce readings by Philip Terry (Essex) from Dante's Inferno
Marina Warner to introduce Jamie McKendrick's new translation of the poetry of Antonella Anedda. Held at Italian Cultural Institute, London. A PDF will all the event details can be found here.
23st October 2014
Publication day of Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Myth (OUP)
Paperback publication of Alone of All Her Sex:The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary and of Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (both OUP)
26 October to 3 November 2014
Invited by the American University in Cairo to give Edward Said Memorial Lecture (November 1) and another on Memoir and Fiction.
MW has contrinuted an essay to 'David Parker: Myth and Landscape' published by Art Books Heidelberg (2014)
ISBN 978-3-86828-589-5. More details can be found here.
Myths and legends have often been inspired and shaped by geologic
landforms and similarly, British photographer David Parker uses the
natural world as an arena for the personal exploration of new mythic,
symbolic, and metaphoric motifs, a theme he previously developed in
the award winning book The Phenomenal World (2001). Building on this
work, Myths and Landscape brings together images from Sirens and
New Desert Myths, two larger projects created in parallel and sharing a
common esthetic. For Parker the siren song is a call to contemplation,
and his pictures chart many fascinated encounters with an enchanted
world of forgotten archetypes, further exploring the tension between the
temporal and eternal in our secular age.
Broadcast -- BBC Radio 4
MW's short story
Mink was chosen as one of the BBC's favourite commissions of the last 10 years for a celebration of the Short story on BBC Arts online site - here's a link to the Short Stories page on the BBC Arts website.Listen here.
First broadcast 02 August 2013, part of ' Feminine Mystiques'
By Marina Warner, read by Emma Fielding
Fifty years since the first publication of Betty Friedan's seminal feminist work The Feminine Mystique, Radio 4 has commissioned three leading writers to celebrate her influence in new short stories exploring the contemporary feminist landscape.Emma Fielding reads the first story in this series, by award winning writer and mythographer Marina Warner. Just as some of Angela Carter's short stories from The Bloody Chamber were first published in high fashion magazine Vogue, and Carter's retelling of fable and myth turned on the original meaning of 'glamour' as a spell, Marina Warner explores feminine mystique through a housewife in the 1950s who weaves hope and freedom into her longing for a mink coat.
MW has contributed 'Helen - A Eulogy' to 'Helen Chadwick - Wreaths to Pleasure' published by Ridinghouse (2014). More details here.
MW has contributed the introduction to The Forth Pig by Naomi Mitchison, published by Princeton University Press / Princeton and Oxford 2014, pp1-23. More details can be found here.
'Judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize to visit Abu Dhabi'
Marina Warner interviewed for The National published on 30 October 2014, the interview can be read here.
3-5 November 2014
Visiting Institute of the Humanities, New York University, Abu Dhabi.
Panel Discussion: Where is "World Literature"?
"World Literature" suggests a territory without borders, where writers and their readers enjoy international mobility and intelligibility. The judges of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 discuss the meaning of a term coined to cover contemporary developments in fiction and the changing map of literature. They ask whether writers can and should go global, like other travelling goods, and explore how translation affects writers, their work and their audiences.
Marina Warner was interviewed for DE GIDS Literary publication, Amsterdam. Details can be found here.
20th November 7pm
The Shirley Society Presents:
'Owls in the Ruins: The Fairy Way of Writing ' - Marina Warner gives a talk at The Rushmore London.
22nd November 2014
'Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner review – wide-ranging and wonderful
From forest hut to Brothers Grimm to Frozen, this is a winning exploration of the scope and power of fairy stories.
An essay review of MW's Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Kathryn Hughes, published in The Guardian Review 22 November 2014, page 9, can be read in full here.
30th November 2014 7.00 pm
Cambridge Literature Festival , presenting Once Upon a Time
All details can be found here.
08th December 2014
Marina Warner has writen an obituary for Radwa Ashour, '
Courageous Egyptian writer, academic and translator known for her Granada trilogy' in The Guardian Monday 8 December 2014. Can be read here.
12th December 2014
'How fairytales grew up -
With Hollywood spending millions on new versions of age-old characters, from Frozen's Snow Queen to Cinderella, fairytales are more popular than ever. But they've had to adapt, with lots of dark twists and no more sweet, biddable girls' - an essay by Marina Warner published in The Guardian, 12 December 2014, can be read here.
17th December 2014
Lunchtime talk for OUP staff about Once Upon a Time.
The Man Booker International Prize 2015
The five judges who will trawl world literature for authors who have made a significant contribution are announced today. Chaired by writer and academic Marina Warner CBE, the panel consists of the novelist Nadeem Aslam, writer and critic Elleke Boehmer, Editorial Director of the New York Review Classics series, Edwin Frank and Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London, Wen-chin Ouyang.
See more here.
'Judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize to visit Abu Dhabi' -- Marina Warner interviewed for The National published on 30 October 2014, the interview can be read here.
DIARY ARCHIVE 2013
4th September 2013
Times Literary Supplement
Marina Warner considers Edith Hall's "superb and richly detailed study" of how Goethe and Stalin, among others, obscured our understanding of Iphigenia's time beside the Black Sea. Details will be posted here.
MW contributed ' The First Time' The Story: Love, Loss & The Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories edited by Victoria Hislop published by Head of Zeus (2013), pp 395-402.
16th September 2013
Reading at Shakespeare & Co, Paris chaired by Anne Marsell.Check here for details.
30th September 2013 10am to 4pm
Voices without Borders
Travelling Tales and Literary Heritage
Several of Boccaccio's stories include special motifs and plots with links to the Arabian Nights. Above all, the general character of his storytelling reveals lively interactions across linguistic and political borders. Can literature offer a contrasting perspective on the conflicts of the past? Where are the borders in the sea of stories? Marina Warner will look at ways in which customary oppositions and divisions are treated in the wonder tale or marvellous fictions of the Mediterranean.
Held at Room 349, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
The British-Italian Society is supporting Boccaccio & Company: an introduction to the Decameron a special event organised by The British Library.
Organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London School of Advanced Study, in conjunction with the conference 'Boccaccio and Company: An Introduction to the Decameron' at the British Library (further details here.) For more details click here.
4th October 2013
Traveling Tales: The Arabian Nights in Europe
Public lecture, Leeds.
11th October 2013, 4pm
13th October 2013, 4- 6 pm
Wivwords Wivenhoe Literary Festival Reading. - details soon.
14th October 6-7.30pm
Undead: 'UNDEAD: ICONS, IDOLS, EFFIGIES'
King’s College Arts and Humanities Festival Being/Human. All details can be found here.
18th October 2013, 7pm
Marina Warner: Imaginary Time: Fairy Tale, Fiction & The Past as Prologue
A Writer's Talk event introduction and Q&A hosted by Dr Cleo Hanaway
Held at Quarter Horse Coffee House, 76 Cowley Road, Oxford
Marina Warner has contributed 'Writing to the Future' an essay on fairy tales in 'The Light Princess' programme, National Theatre October 2013, full details here.
23rd October 2013 6pm
Gothic Festival at BFI, launch discussion
30th October 2013
Blackwells Bookshop, Oxford with Caspar Henderson - details here.
MW has contributed an essay to Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Deep, edited by Martin Clark and Alex Farquarson, published by Tate Publishing 2013.
The art in Aquatopia has strong links with powerful literary archetypes, including The Odyssey, The Tempest, The Ancient Mariner, Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The richly illustrated catalogue, published by Tate St Ives and Nottingham Contemporary, includes newly commissioned and recent critical essays by leading thinkers and writers on the sea, including Philip Hoare, Marcus Rediker, Marina Warner, Kodwo Eshun, Simon Grant, David Toop and Celeste Olalquiaga, as well as a selection of classic literary extracts and texts.
Click here for full details of the publication and the exhibition at Tate St Ives.
6th November 2013
MW has contributed 'Intimate Communiqués: Melchior Lorck's Flying Tortoise' an essay in Seeing from Above: The Aerial View in Visual Culture', Dorrian, Mark ; Frederic Pousin (eds) published by Tauris London, November 2013. More details on the publication can be found here.
The book will be launched at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh on 6th November 2013.More details here.
6th November 2013, 5pm
Playwright ROBERTO CAVOSI: The School of Sons, Chaired by Prof Marina Warner, Performed by Marco Gambino, held at Bloomsbury Theatre, Rehearsal Rooms part of UCL Italian departmental series, Centre Stage, which combines talks on theatre with the practicality of the stage.
More details here or click on the image below.
8th November 2013
Francis Alys symposium Art Exchange, Univeristy of Essex 2- 6
9th November 2013
Pirandello Symposium, London with Roberto Cavosi - details soon.
9th November 2013
The White Review, November online issue features Marina Warner and Clare Finburgh's new translations of the Moroccan poet Abdelfattah Kilito's 'miniatures' which can be read here.
14th November 2013, 4pm
Truman Capote Award Ceremony for Marina Warner, University of Iowa. More details here.
20th November 2013
Richard Hoggart lecture, Goldsmiths University, details to come here.
Postfeminist Discourse in Shakespeare's The Tempest and Warner's Indigo: Ambivalence, Liminality and Plurality, by Natali Boğosyan, published November 2012, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. A scrupulous study of Shakespeare's The Tempest and its most comprehensive rewriting Indigo, or Mapping the Waters by Marina Warner. More details can be found here.
MW become patron of Bloodaxe Books, more details can be found here.
4th December 2013, 6pm
Marina Warner in conversation with Jack Zipes, world-renowned scholar, story collector, story teller, and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, held at Nihon Room at Pembroke College, Cambridge. For more info please click here.
5th December 2013
'At Camden Arts Centre' an essay review of Kara Walker's exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, London. Published in London Review of Books,
Vol. 35 No. 23, 5 December 2013, page 41. The article can be read here.
9th December 2013
Mark Wallinger in conversation with Marina Warner
Part of Literature Autumn Season 2013 at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre
Mark Wallinger, one of the UK's leading contemporary artists and winner of the 2007 Turner Prize, has created a major new artwork for London Underground to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Labyrinth is a multi-part work on a huge scale -- a set of labyrinthine enamel plaques installed in every one of the tube's 270 stations. He talks to Marina Warner, the novelist and mythographer, about labyrinths, myths and mysteries.
All booking details can be found here.
16th December 2013
Christmas Lecture, Sheffield University, details soon.
19th December 2013
'Here Be Monsters' MW's essay reviews of Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
by Chet Van Duzer, Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World's Most Beguiling Map
by Joseph Nigg and Witches and Wicked Bodies an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the British Museum, London, September 2014–January 2015, in New York Review of Books, December 19 2013, Volume LX, Number 20, pp 58-62. The articles can be read here.
19th December 2013
MW contributes Wrong Kind of Noise, an essay review of Silence: A Christian History by Diarmaid MacCulloch published in The London Review of Books Vol. 35 No. 24 , pages 29-3. The article can be found here.
Scheherazade's Children: Global Encounters with the Arabian Night, edited by
Philip F. Kennedy and Marina Warner published by NYU Press. More information here.
2012 Diary can be found in the Diary archive here,
Jan - Sept 2013 diary archive can be found here.