Sunday 04 December 2016
Moscow, Lavrushinsky lane 10

On 4 December, the State Tretyakov Gallery will host the final event of the UK Country of Honour programme as part of the 18th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction. On her first visit to Russia, renowned English cultural historian, mythographer and novelist Dame Marina Warner will give the following lecture: 

Travelling Tales and Flying Carpets: Words on the Move. 

Myths, folklore and fairy tales are filled with impossible fantasies, irrational beliefs and savage scenes; yet they are an archive of human thinking about human existence. Marina Warner, following some of the roads stories have travelled, will explore the power of reasoned imagination, its capacity to connect with real life experience, and to redraw ideas of love, justice, and fate.

Admission is free: advance registration is required.

The lecture will be given in English with simultaneous interpretation. If you wish to use the gallery’s headphones for translation, please being your passport.


Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London: Marina Warner is a renowned writer of fiction and cultural history; Fellow of the British Academy and recipient of the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities in 2015.

Her books include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976), Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (1982) and Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1988). In 1994 she gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the theme of Six Myths of Our Time. She has explored the fairy tale tradition in From the Beast to the Blonde (1994) and No Go the Bogeyman: On Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (1998). Her study of the Thousand and One Nights, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011) was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize in 2012, a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Truman Capote Prize. She has curated exhibitions, including The Inner Eye (1996), Metamorphing (2002-3), and Only Make-Believe: Ways of Playing (2005). Her third novel, The Lost Father, was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1988. Her novels include The Leto Bundle and Indigo, a retelling of The Tempest. Her third collection of short stories, Fly Away Home, was published in 2015. She is currently developing a project for storytelling in refugee communities and writing a memoir-novel about her childhood in Egypt and a dance libretto inspired by Arabic women’s poetry, with choreographer Kim Brandstrup and musician Joanna MacGregor.