Stranger Magic and Fairytale talks etc

30th September 2013 5-7pm
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

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.

17th August 2013
MW interviewed in The Age newspaper about Melbourne Writers Festival.
As a novelist, historian and 'mythographer', Marina Warner explores the enduring power of fairytales. On her way to this month's festival, she talks about the cult of the Virgin Mary and explores the tales that colour our culture.
The article can be read here.
Details for MW's appearances at the festival can be found here.

August 2013
MW has contributed an essay for Lotte Reiniger's film The Adventures of Prince Achmed, re-released on DVD and Blue Ray special edition by BFI London. All details can be found here.

Autumn/Winter 2013
'Scheherazade's Children: Global Encounters with the Arabian Nights' Edited By Philip Kennedy and Marina Warner, NYU Press, Nov 2013, details here.



20th August 2013, 6pm
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre - Gardens Entrance (Scottish National Gallery)

Fatal Magic: The Attractions of Witchcraft

The power of spells and charms can bring about metamorphosis - of the witch herself or of her victims. Bodies change into other forms, are disfigured or transfigured. Once approached with fear and loathing by mostly male artists, the witch now exercises fascination for women interpreters. Writer Marina Warner will look at the way seductive sorceresses in myth and fairy tale have been portrayed including Circe, Vivien, and Peri Banou from The Arabian Nights.
More details can be found here.

July 2013
MW interviewed about Stranger Magic in Bint Al Khaleej - UAE - Arabic Magazine,Issue 87. The article can be viewed as a pdf here.


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.

May 2013
MW interviewed by Omar Berrada about Stranger Magic for Bidoun Magazine #28 Summer 2013. Available here.

April 2013
WINNER - 2013 Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights
Full details here.

WINNER - 2013 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism
Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights
Full details here.

WINNER - 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights
Full details 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
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 her.e

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

Publication in 2013, date tbc.

October 2013
MW has contributed 'The reality bodily before us': picturing the Arabian Nights ' to Fictions of Art History (Clark Studies in the Visual Arts) by Mark Ledbury and Michael Hatt, published by Yale University Press (2013).

28th June, 7.30pm
MW judging as part of The Essex Dionysia

Performed by LiFTS students, the five plays we will perform are those shortlisted from the LiFTS Playwriting Competition. Mythic, poetic, lyrical, experimental, sharply contemporary. . . there's something for everyone. The five plays are:
Mistranslations by Liv Jones
You're So Cool by Luke Hayes
Bran the Fisherman by Jack Lang
The Lark Ascending by Hannah Broad
Boom Boom Terror by Cassie Catchpole and David Garlick
Details can be found here.

27th June 7pm
'Helen Chadwick film evening' at Richard Saltoun Gallery,including rare screening of 'In Conversation: Helen Chadwick with Marina Warner at ICA, 1986'. Gallery details here.

May 2013
MW interviewed for 'Great Artists in their Own Words' Episode 1: The Future Is Now (1907-1939) and Episode 3: But Is it Art? (1976-1993), broadcast on BBC Four throughout May 2013. More details can be found here.

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.


Memory Maps 2013

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.

More details can be found here.

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.


General 2014-15

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 judges have been announced, along with creation of new e-Council

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.

5th-23rd January 2014
J-Term NYU Abu Dhabi
Launch of Scheherazade's Children, eds. Philip Kennedy and Marina Warner.

General 2013

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.

20th November 2013
Richard Hoggart lecture, Goldsmiths University, details to come here.

14th November 2013
Truman Capote Award Iowa Writers' Workshop talk. Details here.

9th November 2013
Pirandello Symposium, London with Roberto Cavosi - details soon.

November 2013

30th October 2013
Blackwells Bookshop, Oxford with Caspar Henderson - details here.

18th October 2013
Art is Just a Word, Oxford, reading and talk. Details soon.

12th October 2013, 4pm
Wivwords Wivenhoe Literary Festival Reading. - details soon.

04th October 2013
Lecture in Leeds - details soon.

October 2013

30th September 2013 5-7pm
Boccaccio Lecture

16th September 2013
Reading at Shakespeare & Co chaired by Anne Marsell.Check here for details.

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.

September 2013

30th August 2013
'In Doha' Marina Warner's blog for London Review of Books can be read here.

30th August - 1st Sept 2013
Melbourne Festival - details soon.

20th August 2013
Edinburgh Book Festival - details soon.

August 2013
Ali Smith: Contemporary Critical Perspectives Editor(s): Monica Germana, Emily Horton, Foreword by Marina Warner, published by Bloomsbury July 2013. Details here.

12th July 2013, 7pm
Marina Warner in conversation with Abdelfattah Kilito at London Review of Books.Details here.

2nd July 2013
'Fishskin Trousers' a new play by Elizabeth Kuti performed at Gielgud Theatre, RADA, London on July 2nd 2pm with a post show discussion with Marina Warner. Details here.

July 2013
MW contributes essay on The Plague by Albert Camus to Brick , A Literary Journal, Number 91, Summer 2013, page 112. More details here. MW elected Honorary Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford.
MW elected Honorary Fellow at St Cross College, Oxford.

25th June 2013
'Maps of the Mind' Marina Warner on an inward voyage taken by a rival to WG Sebald and Iain Sinclair - MW's essay review of The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit for The Guardian Review, 08th June 2013, p7. Article can be read here.

June 2013
MW contributes 'Contradictory Curiosity' to the exhibition catalogue Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing' curated by Brian Dillon pp 25-41, the exhibition at Turner contemporary Margate. More details 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.
'Death in Plain Sight: Anniversary talk for Emily Wilding Davison, St George's Bloomsbury, in collaboration with London Review of Books.

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 and an LRB podcast from the Anniversary talk can be heard 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.


2012 Diary can be found on the Diary Archive page here.





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