A lily among thorns

Published: 25th August 2020

This podcast examines the cult of the Virgin Mary, and its manifestation in music. Rory is joined by Dame Marina Warner, and singers Lucy Cox and Sarah Anne Champion to talk about eroticism, tune smuggling, and convent composers.

This episode accompanies CULT, a digital production from The Marian Consort.

Find out more about our digital season here.

Produced by James Hardie

Supported by Arts Council England

Marina Warner writes fiction and cultural history. Her books include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976, reissued with new introduction 2013); her first novel also includes a vision of the Madonna (In A Dark Wood, 1977). She has continued to write on myths and fairy tales in her fiction and cultural studies (From the Beast to the Blonde (1994), The Leto Bundle (a novel, 2000) and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011)). She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, Professorial Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, a Fellow of the British Academy, and President of the Royal Society of Literature since 2017. In 2015, she was awarded the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities, and made a Dame. Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction and Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists came out in 2018. In 2016, she began the project www.storiesintransit.org in Palermo, Sicily. Her memoir Inventory of a Life Mislaid about her childhood in Cairo will be published in spring 2021. She is currently researching the concept of Sanctuary.


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