The Map is Not the Territory: Story-making, Place and Performance


About the speaker

Dame Marina Warner is a British novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer. She has written for many publications, including The London Review of Books, the New Statesman, Sunday Times, The Telegraph and Vogue. She is a Distinguished Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. In 2017 she was the first woman to be elected president of the Royal Society of Literature.

About the lecture

‘Home is where I set my foot’ (La mia casa è dove poggio i piedi) is a motto used by refugees and forced migrants in Palermo, who frequent the café Moltivolti in Ballaro, the historic, multicultural heart of the city. In this lecture, Marina Warner will explore the potential of imaginative tale-spinning in establishing a sense of place and belonging; she will discuss how words and stories, myths and legends can help give character to unfamiliar territory and build connections and community.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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