Saturday, 8 March 2014

Sat 15 March - Talking Mesopotamia with poets Jenny Lewis and Adnan al-Sayegh

The poet Jenny Lewis presents her forthcoming collection Talking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets / Carcanet) with poet Adnan al-Sayegh.

Adnan al-Sayegh was born in al-Kufa, Iraq on the banks of the Euphrates River. One of the most original voices of the generation of Iraqi poets that came to maturity in the 1980s, his poetry denounces the devastation of wars and the horrors of dictatorship. Adnan has published ten collections of poetry, including the book-length Uruk’s Anthem (Beirut 1996) and won several international awards. Since 2004 he has been living in exile in London.


Jenny Lewis’ published works include When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press, 1996/ Bilingua, Russia 2002), Fathom (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2007) and After Gilgamesh (Mulfran Press, 2011) a verse drama for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. Her forthcoming collection Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet) expresses the revulsion and despair that ordinary people, especially women, feel towards war. She teaches poetry at Oxford University.

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis is a poet, playwright, children’s author and songwriter who specializes in cross disciplinary work combining poetry with other art forms.
She first trained as a painter at the Ruskin School of Art before reading English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. She has published two books of poetry (When I Became an Amazon, Iron Press 1996 and Fathom, Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2007) and has had several plays and poetry cycles performed at theatres across the UK including her verse drama, After Gilgamesh (for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford) published by Mulfran Press, 2011.

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