CCL programme for the 2023-24 event series published!

Dear CCL friends,

The 2023-24 programmes for:

the Auto / Bio / Fiction series

the Sing in Me, Muse: The Classical, the Critical and the Creative series

and the London Beckett Seminar (first event tonight at 6pm, online!)

have been published. Keep an eye on our website: other events are being planned and will be announced when details are finalised.

A reminder also that the Annual Lecture by Marina Warner, Viral Spiral: Multiple Shape-shifting from Ovid to Covid, will be on 12 October 2023, 6pm (online and in person).

All events are free to attend.

We hope to see (or e-see) you at some or all of those!

All best wishes from the CCL

The CCL Annual Lecture: Marina Warner, “Viral Spiral: Multiple Shape-shifting from Ovid to Covid” (12 October 2023)

The Centre for Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, is delighted to confirm the new date of Marina Warner’s inaugural Annual Lecture (rescheduled from January 2023):

The Centre for Comparative Literature’s Annual Lecture

12 October 2023, 6.00pm UK time
(in person and online)

Marina Warner, “Viral Spiral: Multiple Shape-shifting from Ovid to Covid”

A group of metamorphoses in myths and legends features gods and in between creatures, who are not quite divine and not quite mortal either, who can change their shape multiple times. For example, Mestra, the daughter of Erisychthon, is given this gift by the gods when her father sells her, and she is able to elude the clients he panders her to.
Marina Warner will explore stories of multiple transformations in and out of different bodies, and reflect on their significance in relation to today’s concerns with fluid identities and interspecies contact and contagion.


Attendance is free but booking is required. Those who had already booked for the earlier planned date should have received an email and *do not need to book again*. If you still need to book, please visit

The Lecture will be in the Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London SE14 6AD, and will be followed by an informal reception. (For directions and a campus map:

Those who select to attend online will receive a Zoom link shortly before the event.

Visit the Lecture’s webpage for more information, directions, and updates.

Marina Warner writes fiction and cultural history. Her award-winning books explore myths and fairy tales; they include From the Beast to the Blonde (1994) 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 most recent book, Inventory of a Life Mislaid (2021) is an ‘unreliable memoir’ about her childhood in Egypt where her father opened a bookshop in 1947. She contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books and to artist’s catalogues, for example for Paula Rego’s retrospective at Tate Britain (2021). 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. In 2015, she was awarded the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities, and in 2017 she was given a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 2016, she has been working with the project in Palermo, Sicily, and is currently writing a book about the concept of Sanctuary. She lives in London.