Marina Lambrou is fascinated by stories...

All of us have our own story – a web of entangled events that make up our lives. For most of us in the Western world these events are, on the whole, predicatable and happy. But, sadly, this is the exception rather than the rule.

For most of human history, many of the chapters in the stories of people’s lives have been conflict, violence, hunger, poverty and sickness. Even close to home in London, terror struck the streets on 7 July 2005. In 2011, protests against an alleged racist shooting by police officers in Tottenham erupted into national riots and fire-bombings. And in June 2017, Grenfell Tower in Kensington burned to the ground, leaving at least eighty people dead.

These are extraordinary events, yet they happen to ordinary people.

How do the individuals involved make sense of what has happened?
In this touching presentation, Marina will explain how people construct their own narrative and how trauma affects the stories people tell about themselves.

Wednesday 22 November, 7.00pm

The riots in London in 2011

The riots in London in 2011


Meet the presenter

Dr Marina Lambrou is an associate professor in English language and linguistics, and course director for the BA English Language and Linguistics course at Kingston University. She joined Kingston from the University of East London, having previously worked at Goldsmiths College (University of London) and Middlesex University. Prior to teaching in universities, she was the evening director at International House Language School, London, where she also taught English as a second language for many years.