“The Epic of Gilgamesh is a 4,000-year-old Babylonian poem about a hero in quest of immortality. Preserved on clay tablets, it is the earliest great work of literature to survive from the ancient world. In this popular lecture author and translator Andrew George explores four themes related to this masterpiece: the archaeology of the poem’s recovery, the reconstruction of its text, the story it tells, and its messages about life and death.
The lecture will be introduced by poet Jenny Lewis. Afterwards the author Michael Schmidt will launch his new book, Gilgamesh: the Life of a Poem. At
the end of the evening there will be an opportunity to buy signed
copies of Michael Schmidt’s book and Andrew George’s Penguin translation
of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
“This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14-23 November and led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org“
MSt alumnus Nemat Sadat’s novel The Carpet Weaver published by Penguin India. It has been reviewed on LiveMint, by India Today and other media, and Grazia India, has an interview with Nemat.
Grazia: “The Kite Runner meets Brokeback Mountain in this sweeping tale of a young gay man’s struggle.”
India Today: “In The Carpet Weaver, journalist and activist Nemat Sadat tells the story of a young boy’s transition to adulthood against the backdrop of severe changes in his homeland. Just as Kanishka Nurzada, the protagonist, gathers courage to tell his parents about his sexuality, chaos erupts in the country and his life changes in ways he had never imagined. The politics of the region becomes a powerful backdrop to Kanishka’s life story, as he carries his secret in fear.”
MSt alumna Kiran Millwood-Hargrave has signed a six-figure, four-book deal with Hachette Children’s Group. From the announe
From the announcement in The Bookseller: “Kiran is one of the most thrilling children’s novelists writing today, leading the way in the market. Her exciting stories absorb the reader at plot level, and on a deeper level she taps into themes and symbols that explore what it means to be human,” said group senior publisher Ruth Alltimes. “On behalf of the whole team here, I could not be more delighted to welcome Kiran to Hachette Children’s Group.”
MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee’s article “How Europe’s Roman roads reveal the challenge of rebuilding after colonialism” has been published in Prospect online.
“It’s a known phenomenon: systems and structures, if robust, continue to work for as long as they are unchanged. Once upon a time, the Romans ruled a vast swathe of Europe, of North Africa, and of what is now called the Middle East. Where they conquered, they built towns and cities, many of which survive to this day …“
MSt tutor Ella Hickson’s play “Anna” is on at the National Theatre till 15 June 2019.
From the website: “Created by playwright Ella Hickson (The Writer) and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, this tense new thriller is directed by Natalie Abrahami (Machinal). It uses individual audio headsets to give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening, in East Berlin.
Some of the reviews:
“Slick and stylish. Full of history, mystery and horror. Impressively intelligent” The Stage
“Layered and engrossing. Remarkable sound from extraordinary aural engineers Ben and Max Ringham” What’s On Stage
“A riveting 65 minutes. A multilayered plot worthy of Le Carré with fascinating wizard-level sound design ” The Times
Monday – Thursday eves, all matinees *£65, £45, £40, £35, £20, £15 Friday & Saturday eves *£70, £50, £45, £35, £20, £18 Ways to save Previews 11 – 17 May *£67, £40 – £15
MSt tutor James Womack has been shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize for his collection On Trust: A Book of Lies . From the announcement:
“Judged this year by Lachlan Mackinnon and Linda Gregerson, the biannual prize is the first of its kind and aims to support and encourage ‘mid-career’ poets, with a £5,000 prize for the winner. The vibrant, diverse collections offer a reminder that in turbulent political times poetry – particularly those published by independent and small presses – continues to thrive and flourish. The prize recognises that a poet’s second collection can be “dangerous, risk-taking liberating and wildly ambitious” according to Tom Chivers, Editor at Penned in the Margins, who says “I welcome a new prize for second collections, to shine a spotlight on work that might otherwise fall down the gap between the excitement of the new and the confidence of the established.”The shortlisted poets will be invited to read at a Prize Giving event on Friday 5 July 2019 at Ledbury Poetry Festival when the judges will announce the winner. “
MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s Mary Sate, Imbecile (Unbound) has been short listed for the 2019 Rathbone Folio Prize. The winner will be announced on 20 May 2019, at the British Library. Read more about the Prize and the books shortlisted on the Rathbones Folio website (link below).