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Dream Stones: A creative writing workshop with Marina Warner and Sophie Herxheimer (Arts Weeks 2021)

Venue: Online

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A story-making workshop with poet and artist Sophie Herxheimer and writer Marina Warner, drawing on memories and imagination.

Join poet and artist Sophie Herxheimer and writer Marina Warner in this story-making workshop - and, if you can, bring something to share. Drawing on memories and imagination. We shall share these ‘dream stones’ and – possibly - create a collective story. 
Sophie and Marina ask participants to bring something (maybe a pebble or a favourite object) to help them respond and weave story magic as participants exchange ideas and they shape a story in words or images.  
This workshop’s collective storytelling process relates to the activities of Stories in Transit, a project that both Marina and Sophie are involved in. Stories in Transit runs story-making and -telling workshops with displaced people, emphasising the importance of imaginative play as a powerful means of communication and nourishment. Similarly, Sophie has been working on a project collecting a vast amount of stories from members of the public by listening and drawing them live on the spot. Marina’s newest book, Inventory of a Life Mislaid: An Unreliable Memoir (Harper Collins, 2021) features a wonderful array of cut out illustrations by Sophie. 
Sophie Herxheimer is a poet, storyteller and artist. Publications include INDEX (zimZalla, 2021), 60 Lovers to Make and Do (Henningham Family Press, 2020), Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books, 2017), and many other illustrated books. Sophie has held residencies at LIFT, Museum of Liverpool, The Migration Museum, and Transport for London, and exhibitions at The Whitworth, Tate Modern, JW3, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. Sophie teaches at The Royal Drawing School and contributed a chapter to their book, Ways of Drawing (Thames and Hudson, 2019). She has been commissioned to write a poem for the celebration of William Blake at St James’s Piccadilly. 
Marina Warner (DBE) is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels, short stories and studies of art, myths, symbols and fairy tales, including Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists (Thames and Hudson, 2018) and Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (Oxford University Press, 2014). Marina is President of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck. She is currently working on a historical study of Sanctuary in relation to the current displacement of so many, interwoven with the project Stories in Transit. 

How to join this event 
This event takes place online. You will receive an email one hour before the start of the event with a link to join. The email will come from - please check your junk/spam inbox if you have not received the email one hour before the start of the event. 
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