AUP graduation ceremony at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

The Center for Writers and Translators

Marina Warner - Temporale

Room Q-801
6, rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:30

Join us for a celebration of the work of Marina Warner, author of no.39 in AUP’s Cahiers Series, Temporale. What happened to time during the Coronavirus pandemic? Marina Warner recounts how strangely her days and weeks passed, in this highly personal account of a response to lockdown. She finds it takes her back to her Catholic convent schooling when the rhythm, stories, and pictures of the liturgical year helped puncture the day-by-day monotony of existence. She wonders if old ways of timekeeping may give clues as to how time passing can be made significant. Her text is partnered by photographs, largely taken during Covid lockdown, by Dimitris Kleanthis.

Marina Warner writes fiction and cultural history. Several of her books explore myths and fairy tales; they include Monuments & Maidens (1988), From the Beast to the Blonde (l994) and Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights (2011). She has published five novels and three collections of short stories, including Fly Away Home (2014). Her essays have been collected in Signs & Wonders (l994) and Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists ( 2018). In 2015, she was awarded the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is currently writing a book about the concept of Sanctuary.

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