Professor Dame Marina Warner FBA
Professor of English and Creative Writing
Birkbeck College, University of London
Stories: Thought Experiments in Times of Turmoil
6.30pm and 8pm, Tuesday 28 June 2016
Telling stories are the way we orientate ourselves in relation to the past and to one another in the present. Narrative offers us a laboratory, a forum, a tribunal that is open to everyone, without borders.
Even linguistic barriers can fall through inspired translations and interpretations as we try 'to accumulate the human in humanity’, to adapt a phrase from the 2015 Nobel-prize winner Svetlana Alexievich. MW will explore how poets, playwrights and fiction writers are increasingly turning to the traditions of the skald and the griot, the bard and the strolling player, to revision Greek plays and medieval lore, as they engage with the current crises that are destabilising the lives and the future of so many.