Marina Warner


23 July 2020 – Marina Warner’s talk “Elective Affinities: the Shaman, a Guest and the Language of Things” from 2007 now available
The Fondazione Antonio Ratti has taken the temporary closure as an occasion to root through its archives and bring some of it to new life, including a talk by Marina from the XIII edition of CSAV – Artists’ Research Laboratory.  In this dense excursus, Marina Warner dialogues with Aby Warburg’s intuitions about the ritual snake dance of Hopi Indians, the same followed by Joan Jonas for her performance The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things. It is therefore the ability of the ritual to dialogue with other worlds and dimensions, that reveals “the true language of art: the flight of the shaman’s mind”.
The full audio recording is available here.

Marina Warner’s Inventory of a Life Mislaid to be published in spring 2021b
The book is a a memoir of Cairo after World War II and Marina Warner’s father’s bookshop


19 June, 2020, 3pm-4pm – Culture in Crisis? (British Academy Zoom Webinar)
As part of the British Academy’s Shape the Future programme, this panel examines the societal, economic and cultural implications of the pandemic. The panel is chaired by Dr Matthew Sweet, the speakers are Marina, Professor Isobel Armstrong, Professor Ian Christie FBA, Professor John Sloboda FBA. Link to the recorded event forthcoming.

More details and video recording can be found here.

3 June, 2020 – Marina in conversation with the artist Jumana Abboud on Radio Yamakan
The conversation will be broadcast at 1pm Jerusalem time and rerun the following Saturday at 10am Jerusalem time/8am UK time. The live session can be listened to here.







22 May, 2020 – A Week in the Life of Marina Warner posted on Birkbeck Arts Week
On the occasion of second week of Birkbeck’s Arts Week, Marina shares her thoughts about saints, saviours, hermits and her life during lockdown. The full post can be read here.






12 May, 2020 – Marina talks about Guido Guidi
Marina talks to Charlotte Schepke about the photographer Guido Guidi – a journey of “attentiveness”, “a form of love in his observations of Emilia-Romagna and the Veneto”. The conversation can be listened to here.

6 May, 2020 – Rouen Fête Jeanne d’Arc
Marina to host a conference in Rouen as part of the “Rouen fête Jeanne d’Arc”.
The full programme of the festical can be found here.

A recording of Elias Khoury in conversation with Marina Warner, 26th July 2015 has just been posted on the British Library’s website. In this conversation, Elias Khoury, one of the leading lights of Arabic literature and author of a number of award-winning novels, including the critically acclaimed Gate of the Sun, discusses his writing and inspirations with Marina Warner, and will also read from a selection of his novels. The recording can be found here.

29 February, 2020: ‘No man’s land – No, nor woman’s neither: Is there a refuge in words?’ – Marina speaks at Dissent in Dark Times: A Festival of Critical Thought, Birkbeck College, London
In collaboration with the London Review of Books, Birkbeck, University of London is delighted to announce two days of critical thought about the times we are living in. You are invited to join leading thinkers in their fields for a stimulating two days of talks and conversation. Confirmed speakers: James Meek, Anne Wagner, Nadine El-Enanyon, Marina Warner, Jeremy Harding, Esther Leslie, Jacqueline Rose and Karma Nabulsi. Members of the public and academics alike are invited to come together to listen, learn and contribute to a unique debate about the role of dissent in facing the challenges of our contemporary world.

19 February 2020, 6pm-7pm – 100 Years of University of London Lecture Series
In February 2020 Birkbeck will mark 100 years since the College officially became part of the University of London. A series of celebratory events on the theme of “opening education” will showcase Birkbeck’s unique commitment to access and excellence, including a lecture by Marina Warner on February 19th.
Tickets are available here

3 January, 2020, 1:32pm – “The Queen of Sheba”, BBC radio broadcast as part of the Heart & Soul series.
For Heart and Soul, Radio 4 Today programme editor Sarah Sands traces the queen’s journey along the ancient spice route from the south through the Red Sea towards Jerusalem. She talks to the experts who know her story well – such as academic and writer Marina Warner who has studied her influence on feminism and folklore; Eyob Derillo from the British library, who speaks of her significance to Ethiopia; and Mustafa Khaled, the former Yemeni diplomat who regards her reign as a golden age for his country.
More info can be found here; the podcast will be available for download after the broadcast.