December 2017‌
Marina Warner's Truth to be Told lecture: 'The ‌Truth in Stories' given at the UCD Humanities Institute, University College Dublin on 07th December 2017‌, 6pm.
Truth to be Told' is a UCD Humanities Institute public lecture series in response to the emergence of what is called a 'post-factual' world. Marina Warner was introduced by Professor Anne Fuchs, Director of the UCD Humanities Institute. More info can be found here.
A video of the lecture can be found here and a podcast of the lecture can be streamed here.

27th-28th October 2017
'Speaking Right: Codes, Creoles, and Border Crossings'
Marina Warner gives keynote address at 'Constructions of Identity 9: New World – New Ideas'
presented by Babeș-Bolyai University Faculty of Letters Department of English Language and Literature, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 27-28 October 2017. More information can be found here.



01st June 2017 6.30pm
Times of Love and Hate, lecture by Marina Warner
The Birkbeck School of Social Sciences, History
School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck
Woburn House, Main Hall, 20 - 24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H

Generated in the crossing of boundaries and contesting of borders, contemporary social and political conflict across the world is marked by questions of identity and belonging, by the use and misuse of history, and articulated in polarizing language within an increasingly prohibitive public sphere. Yet at the same time, new humanitarian movements and creative interventions are also emerging, crafting spaces of dissent, hope, and even moments of love.
Reflecting on her work with refugees in Sicily as part of the Stories in Transit project, Marina will argue for the need to create cultural spaces that enable imaginative, alternative stories to be told, for the power of thinking through material practices, and the urgency of supporting different ways that community and self can be made and remade.
There will be time for questions and discussion after the lecture and then join us for a drink to launch a suite of new programmes beginning in the School in 2017 and 2018, including: the MSc War & Humanitarianism, MA Public Histories, BA Human Geography, BA Archaeology & Geography, and BA Intercultural Communication & Language.
More information can be found here.

23rd February 2017
Writer and mythologist Marina Warner presents the 2017 Prokhorov Lecture at The University of Sheffield
Best-selling novelist, short-story writer, and scholar Dame Marina Warner gave the second 2016-17 Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lecture on Thursday 23 February 2017. The video can be watched 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.



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.

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 in.


Weidenfeld Chair in Comparative European Literature Lecture by Marina Warner, held at St Anne's College Oxford.
All are welcome to attend and no booking is required. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
All details here.

13th May 2016 - 14 May 2016
Marina Warner on 'The Bearer-Beings': Portable Stories in Displaced Times'

11th May 2016 5.30-7pm
Marina Warner on The Sanctuary of Stories: Asylums and Edges

04th May 2016 5.30-7pm
Marina Warner on The Sanctuary of Stories: Enclaves and Moorings

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.

12th May 2016
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

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

03rd December 2015
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.

12th December 2015
MW in interview with Maitreyabandhu at London Buddhist Centre as part of a series of 'Poetry East' events in association with London Review of Books - Lit.East. A film of the interview can be viewed here.


The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad, 27 April 2013
A National Literature? Keynote by: Marlon James. Panelists : Irvine Welsh, Hannah Lowe and Vahni Capildeo, moderated by Marina Warner. Full details here.

LiFTS Scriptwriting Competition 2013
The Essex Dionysia
June 9th 2013
We are looking for the best short plays and screenplays written in LiFTS. All members of LiFTS - staff and students, undergraduate and postgraduate - are invited to enter. Plays must be 10-20 minutes in playing time; or 5-10 minutes' screen time for screenplays. The deadline for scripts to be submitted is May 1st 2013.

Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Warwick, April 2012

'The Tales Things Tell: Charmed Goods in the World of the Arabian Nights'
Genies appear in the Quran, the apocrypha, folklore and mystical literature, but probably the best known appearances of them in literature are in the Arabian Nights. In her Distinguished Lecture Series talk, Marina Warner explains why genies are inexorably linked with objects such as Aladdin's lamp.
More details can be found here.



Marina Warner has given many other lectures and seminars and participated in conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Australia and the United States, in universities and institutes including, for example, the Getty Museum, the National Gallery London, Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrew’s.

MW has lectured for the British Council, in Japan, the University of the West Indies (Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia), Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, and the Ukraine.

Readings, panel discussions, and debates at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, The Purcell Room, London, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Edinburgh Books Festival, et al.

Alan Marre Maccabaeus Lecture: ‘Stranger Magic: The Psychic Geography of Darkness’, University College London, 2005

Carpenter Lecturer, Institute of the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 2003

The Perrot-Warrick Lecture at Trinity, 1998

John Coffin Lecture, University of London, 1997



Robb Lecturer, University of Auckland, 2004
Clarendon Lecturer, Oxford, 2001
Tanner Lecturer, Yale University, 1999
BBC Radio 4 Reith Lecturer: ‘Managing Monsters’, 1994


For a full Curriculum Vitae please see here



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