6th June 2013
The Whitechapel Gallery, 8-9pm: Zilkha Auditorium
Discussion on Folklore and Modernity with Simon Costin and Marina Warner. Simon Costin is the Director of The Museum of British Folklore.
As part of First Thursday Folklore: Special Event at Whitechapel Gallery. Screenings, workshops and talks celebrating central/eastern European and British interpretations of the folkloric. Featuring interventions from The Museum of British Folklore and a debate on folk culture's inherent tension with modernity. Further details here.
5th May 2013 'A Right to Write' MW interviewed at BOCAS Trinidad by Sateesh Maharaj for Trinidad Express here.
MW interviewed by Omar Berrada about Stranger Magic for Bidoun Magazine #28 Summer 2013. Available here.
January 2013 MW contributes the essay 'Monstrous Mothers' to “Witches: Hunted, appropriated, empowered, queered’
edited by Anna Colin, published by Editions B42, Paris 2012, co-published with Maison Populaire, Montreuil.
More details can be found here.
7th February 2013 MW contributes the essay introduction 'Icons of Modern Life' to 'Man Ray Portraits' by Terence Pepper with.
A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. More details can be found here.
22nd February 2013, 3pm
Alf layla wa-layla : Les Mille et une Nuits. The Arabian Nights. Atelier sur les contes orientaux / A workshop on Oriental Tale Telling
'Contes orientaux en Occident' Rencontre autour des Mille et une Nuits, avec Marina Warner et Aboubakr Chraibi. Marina Warner and Aboubakr Chraibi in conversation. Held at Maison Française d'Oxford more details here
24th March 2013 'Heroines and Myths: Joan of Arc and Cult of the Virgin Mary'
Lecture as part of
The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
Professor Marina Warner's studies of mythology and fairy tales have brought her much acclaim. Here she marks new editions of two of her best know works by discussing Joan of Arc and the cult of the Virgin Mary. In Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism, Warner traces the portrayal of Joan of Arc through history and shows how she has been adopted and manipulated by different political factions. In Alone of All her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, she looks at the changing symbolism of the Virgin Mary and the interrelation between Catholicism and the ideas of ideal femininity. More details can be found here.
The Symbol Gives Rise to Thought and other work on art
2013 Publication in 2013, date tbc.
1st May 2013 Liz Calder, editor and publisher, Full Circle Editions, in conversation with MW, Art Exchange, University of Essex, for publication of Joan and Virgin Mary books.
Great Artists in their Own Words – BBC 4.
7th February 2013 'Icons of Modern Life' to 'Man Ray Portraits' by Terence Pepper with an introduction by Marina Warner.
A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
The catalogue features an introductory essay 'Icons of Modern Life' by Professor Marina Warner, a survey of Man Ray's published work in leading magazines by exhibition curator Terence Pepper, and an illustrated chronology of the artist's life and career by Helen Trompeteler.
More details can be found here.
23rd April 2013 Iain Sinclair visiting Memory Maps course at Essex University
2nd February 2013, 12pm Spring, PLACE: Roots – Journeying Home
Marina Warner on Looking for Home Elsewhere: Apocryphal landscapes and narrative ghosts
With Ronald Blythe, Paul Kildea, Ali Smith, Marina Warner, Patrick Wright and Full Circle Editions.
Opening with reflections on Benjamin Britten’s journeys and sense of settlement by Paul Kildea, who has written a major new biography of Britten, the day features an exclusive, original meditation from prize-winning author Marina Warner. Celebrated novelist Ali Smith advocates for the remarkable Orcadian film-maker Margaret Tait and shows her magical 16mm films, and Ronald Blythe tells the story of his own house and its illustrious occupants.
15th February 2013, 8pm
Empress and Essex Girl: The True History of St. Helena
at Stour Valley Lecture, Constable Hall, East Bergholt
Saint Helena was born in Colchester, the daughter of Old King Cole - at least according to one version of history.
She went on to become the Empress Mother of Constantine who converted the Roman Empire to Christianity; in old age, she set out to find the True Cross, and sent relics of it all over the world, to found churches. in an illustrated talk, Marina Warner will explore this neglected local heroine, through art and literature, including the frescoes of Piero della Francesca and the unexpected novel by Evelyn Waugh, which he considered his very best.
9th March 2013 11am-Evening
Ronald Blythe – A Celebration at Nayland Church
A day of talks, readings, films and music reflecting the career of Dr Ronald Blythe as he celebrates his 90th birthday.
With contributions from naturalist and author Richard Mabey, Dr James Canton, and Dr Marina Warner from Essex University. There will also be music from the Aldeburgh Festival's resident Quartet, films from the BBC archives, poetry inspired by the Stour's rich artistic history and the day will be chaired by Lord Phillips of Sudbury.
More details can be found here.
8th June, 6pm
Death in Plain Sight: Emily Wilding Davison, Modern Martyr
as part of The Wilding Festival 13th to 16th June 2013 - A multi-arts festival inspired by the remarkable story of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.
Emily Wilding Davison's death 100 years ago marked a crucial turning in the cause of women's suffrage. Has the supreme sacrifice, such as Emily Wilding Davison made, become necessary for change to take place in the wider social and political sphere? Like most Catholics, Marina Warner was brought up on stories of female martyrs who defied all restrictions in acts of spectacular heroism. She will explore contemporary ideas of political sainthood in relation to Davison and others.
In association with The London Review of Books.
All details can be found here.
18 May - 25 August 2013
'The Music of Myth' Ever since myth gave birth to opera during the High Renaissance, the two forms have been inextricably linked, as evidenced by Glyndebourne's two new productiouns, Hippolyte et Arice and Ariadne auf Naxos'.
An essay by MW for
Glyndebourne Festival 2013 book, page 32-35, copies are available here.
9-10th May 2013 Ovid and Seamus Heaney - seminar and readings, American Academy, Rome.
2nd May, 7pm
Art, Sex and Religion: Marina Warner with Xavier Bray at London Review of Books
Cultural theorist Marina Warner will be at the shop to talk about her work with Xavier Bray, Chief Curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery. With Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism, both recently reissued by Oxford, Marina Warner was instrumental in setting out a specifically feminist way of writing about art and myth. 30 years after their first publication, Warner's ground-breaking studies of the female form in art, myth and religion remain as thrilling as ever – 'a Catherine wheel of exciting ideas' as Antonia Fraser wrote in the Guardian.
Full details about the event can be found here.
2013 Warwick Prize for Writing Member of Judging Panel
Professor Ian Sansom will chair the panel of five judges : Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, Professor Ed Byrne and
writer of fiction, criticism and history, Professor Marina Warner.
The longlist for the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing will be announced in May 2013, the shortlist
in June/July 2013 and the winner in August/September 2013. Full details can be found here.
April 2013 Foreword by Marina Warner in ''Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist: The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi' by Anbara Salam Khalidi translated by Tarif Khalidi, published by Pluto Books, London (2013) Pp8-10.
Full details here.
24-29th April 2013 MW to give lecture at the 3rd NGC Bocas Lit Fest, based in Trinidad and Tobago, the annual celebration of books, writing, and writers. More details can be found here.
MW with Lawrence Scott, BOCAS LitFest 2013 (photograph by Maria Nunes)
MW with the director of the BOCAS LitFest , Marina Salandy Brown
MW with friends as BOCAS LitFest 2013
5th April 2013
Sarah Pickstone's exhibition 'The Writers Series' opens Sat 6 April at New Art Centre, Roche Court Wiltshire by Prof Marina Warner. Exhibition details here.
Tuesday 26 March 6.20pm
Marina Warner interviewed in 'The
Royal Paintbox - The Movie: A Margy Kinmonth Film' screening with Q&A at Curzon Mayfair Cinema London. Details here.
In a story previously untold on film, HRH The Prince of Wales reveals an extraordinary treasure trove of rarely seen artworks by members of the Royal Family past and present and explores a colourful palette of intimate family memory and observation. Shot in the spectacular landscapes of Balmoral, Birkhall, Highgrove, Windsor Castle, Frogmore and Osborne House, Royal Paintbox features artworks by members of the Royal Family down the centuries including some of HRH The Prince of Wales' own watercolours and with contributions from Lady Antonia Fraser, Lady Jane Roberts, Charles Saumarez-Smith, Marina Warner, Jane Ridley, Catherine Goodman, Susannah Fiennes, Countess Mountbatten Of Burma, Sarah Armstrong-Jones and the voices of Penelope Wilton and Freddie Fox
23rd March 2013
'Kathryn Hughes: rereading Alone of All Her Sex by Marina Warner' in The Guardian Review, 23 March 2013, page 20. First published in the 1970s, Marina Warner's cultural history of the virgin mother was decried as 'stridently' feminist by some Catholics. The book marked 'a private journey' for both the author and Kathryn Hughes. The full article can be read here.
16th March 2013 Talking on Water with Maggi Hambling, Caspar Henderson, James Attlee and many others. Day of readings and discussion about water in literature and science. Essex Book Festival 2013.
More details can be found here.
16th March 2013, 10.30am - 5.00pm 'Talking on Water' As part of The Essex Book Festival 2013.
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester Campus
A day of talks, readings and presentations on the theme of water, bringing together artists, writers and scientists. Contributors include artist Maggi Hambling, writer James Attlee and writer and journalist Caspar Henderson with additional contributions from Marina Warner, James Canton, Adrian May and Phillip Terry of the University's Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies.
More detail can be found here.
9th March 2013 Ronald Blythe at 90 - Day of celebration at Stoke-by-Nayland church, Suffolk.
2nd March 2013
Marina Warner's Stranger Magic winner of Critcism section at National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony for Publishing Year 2012.
Full details can be found here.
2nd March 2013 Walsingham lecture. More details coming soon.
25th February 2013
'Marina Warner and the cult of Mary'
Marina Warnertalks to Peter Stanfor about the reissue of her study on the cult of the Virgin Mary for The Telegraph, 25th February 2013. The article can be read here.
4th February 2013 Judge for the John Florio Prize Awards party.