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Marina Warner. Beyond the Visible: Art, Artists and Enchantment

Firstsite in Colchester

Thursday 29th August 2019

6:30pm til 8:30pm (last entry 7:00pm)

No age restrictions

Exploring the work of contemporary artists such as Paula Rego, Helen Chadwick, and Kiki Smith, placing them in the context of the fantastic.

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Marina Warner. Beyond the Visible: Art, Artists and Enchantment on Thursday 29th August 2019

Artists have always travelled beyond the borders of the visible and made angels, devils, hobgoblins, and fairies appear before our eyes. Marina Warner will explore the work of contemporary artists such as Paula Rego, Helen Chadwick, and Kiki Smith, and place them in a context of the fantastic and its expression in the work of earlier visionaries.

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols and fairytales.

Her books include:

Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists (2018)

Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction (2018)

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (2014)

Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (2013)

Signs and Wonders. Essays on Literature and Culture (2004)

Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self (2002)

No Go the Bogeyman: On Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (1998)

Monuments and Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1996)

From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers (1994)

Managing Monsters: Six Myths of our Time (1994)

Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (1983)

Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976)

“My critical and historical books and essays explore different figures in myth and fairy tale, such as the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc; more recently I have concentrated on fairy tales, including the Arabian Nights. I also write novels and short stories, often drawing on mythic or other imaginary predecessors to translate them into contemporary significance – to re-vision them.

“Stories come from the past but speak to the present, and I have found that I need to write stories as well as deconstruct them and place them in historical contexts, because I myself love reading works of imagination, and I would like to join the conversation with admired predecessors, who range from Apuleius to Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, and Angela Carter.”

Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London

Distinguished Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

President, Royal Society of Literature

Patron Ted Hughes Society, The Story Museum, Bloodaxe Books, Society for Story Telling, Hosking Houses Trust, The Longford Trust Vice- President Gingerbread

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