MSt tutor Jenny Lewis reads at Pembroke College, Oxford, 21st Jan 2019

 

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis will be reading at Pembroke College, Oxford on 21st January 2019 at 6 pm.

From the announcement:

“Jenny Lewis is an Arts Council-funded poet, playwright, children’s author, translator and songwriter who teaches poetry at Oxford University. Her first poetry sequence, When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press, 1996), was dramatized, widely toured and broadcast on BBC Woman’s Hour. It was translated into Russian by Natalya Dubrovina and published by Bilingua, Russia in 2002. It was made into an opera with music by Gennadyi Shiroglazov, performed by the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Company in November 2017 and won the 2018 Russian Laureate Prize . Jenny has published four collections of poetry and had seven plays and poetry cycles performed at major UK theatres including the Polka Theatre (for children), the Leicester Haymarket and the Royal Festival Hall. Her recent work includes After Gilgamesh (Pegasus Theatre, 2011; Mulfran Press, 2012), Stories for Survival, a Retelling of the 1001 Arabian Nights (Pegasus Theatre, 2015), Singing for Inanna, a chapbook of poems in English and Arabic with the Iraqi poet, Adnan al-Sayegh (Mulfran Press 2014) and Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2014). Her latest work, Gilgamesh Retold (Carcanet Press 2018), was a New Statesman Book of the Year, a Carcanet Book of the Year and a London Review of Books Book of the Week. Her work has been translated into several languages including Russian, Farsi and Arabic. She is currently completing a Ph.D. on Gilgamesh at Goldsmiths, London University.”

More details are available here

MSt alumna Rowena Cooper’s play “After Aulis” at Brighton Fringe, 5 – 8 May 2019

 

After a 4 night run at The Attic theatre in Stratford in July 2018, MSt alumna Rowena Cooper’s play, After Aulis, is to be staged at the Brighton Fringe Festival from 5th-8th May 2019.

 

Venue: The Quadrant

Time: 6pm, 5th – 8th May 2019

Tickets on sale in March 2019 from https://www.brightonfringe.org/.

More info about the play: http://www.afteraulis.com.

 

MSt tutor Jane Draycott reading at the British Library, 26 Nov 2018

MSt tutor Jane Draycott will be reading at the British Library on Monday 26 Nov 2018 for Carcanet’s “What makes a Classic?”

From the announcement:

One generation’s classics look quite different from another’s. So how do you define them?

To celebrate the launch of Carcanet’s new Carcanet Classics series, we explore how you go about curating a list of classics and what value such collections hold for readers, writers, students or even collectors.

The Carcanet Classics range from books from two millennia BC to those of our own century, from Sumeria to Paterson, New Jersey, from ancient Greece to Anglo-Saxondom. The range includes new takes on ancient texts (two Gilgameshes for example), new readings of the Latin classics and young poets advocating the work of their mentors.

Readers at this event include:
– Carcanet’s Founder and Editorial Director, Michael Schmidt
– John Clegg (Selected Poems by John Heath-Stubbs, Sept 2018)
– Jane Draycott (Pearl (trans.), Sept 2018) 
– Philip Terry (Dictator (a Gilgamesh translation), Oct 2018) 
– Robyn Marsack (Selected Poems by Edmund Blunden, Dec 2018)at the Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

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tickets Full Price: £10.00, Member: £10.00, Senior 60+: £8.00, Student: £7.00, Registered Unemployed: £7.00, Under 18: £7.00

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis at the Stanford University Centre, Oxford, 20th Nov 2018

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis will be at the Stanford University Centre in Oxford on the 20th of November 2018, 5 – 7 pm.

From the announcement:

Translating Trauma: Creative Responses to War and Conflict

British poet Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh discuss their approaches to writing and translating war poetry. Jenny will show a presentation of her father’s black and white photographs, taken in Iraq during the First World War Mesopotamian Campaign from her book Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2014) and Adnan al-Sayegh will discuss the horror of his time as a young conscript in the Iran Iraq War and subsequent 18 months in an army detention centre (for reading poetry in the barracks), and read from his celebrated epic poem, Uruk’s Anthem.

The session will include a short translation exercise (no previous translation knowledge necessary) and a Q&A with students to further explore issues around creative responses to trauma.

Stanford University Centre in Oxford
65 High St
Oxford
OX1 4EL
United Kingdom

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ “Gilgamesh Retold” launches in London, Oxford, 3rd, 4th Oct, 11th Nov 2018

Jenny Lewis relocates Gilgamesh to its earlier, oral roots in a Sumerian society where men and women were more equal, the reigning deity of Gilgamesh’s city, Uruk, was female (Inanna), only women were allowed to brew beer and keep taverns and women had their own language – emesal. With this shift of emphasis, Lewis captures the powerful allure of the world’s oldest poem and gives it a fresh dynamic while creating a fast-paced narrative for a new generation of readers.
‘Not simply a retelling of the ancient epic; it is the spirited response of a contemporary poet to the original legend.’
Theodore Ziolkowski, Gilgamesh Among Us
 
SEMINAR, PRIVATE VIEW & CARCANET BOOK LAUNCH
Wednesday 3 October, 2018,
Goldsmiths, University of London
Free admission to seminar – to attend please email Maria MacDonald, m.macdonald@gold.ac.uk
NATIONAL POETRY DAY EVENT
Thursday 4 October 2018,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL EVENT
Thursday 11 November, 2018
Oxfordshire launch of Gilgamesh Retold followed by the festival’s popular open mic session. Tickets £5. To buy a ticket/ book a slot contact 01993 812760, or email info@woodstockbookshop.co.uk.

 

MSt tutor Anna Beer’s “Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh”: events on radio & in London, October 2018

MSt tutor Anna Beer will be talking about her new book Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh at several events in London in October, and, on 22 October 2018, will be on Radio 4’s Start the Week talking about Sir Walter Ralegh and piracy.

11 October 2018  at the British Library
Walter Ralegh: Adventurer, Poet, Writer: A celebration of the polymath Sir Walter Ralegh in words and music

23 October 2018  for the Royal Museums Greenwich (at Senate House, Central London)
Ocean’s Love: Ralegh and the Sea
( Free)

31 October 2018  at  the Palace of Westminster, Committee Room 3A
Sir Walter Raleigh 400: History, Art and Parliament

 

MSt alumna Jingan Young shortlisted for Women of the Future Awards 2018

MSt alumna Jingan Young has been shortlisted for Women of the Future Awards 2018, in the Arts & Culture category.

“The Women of the Future Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 2006, were conceived to provide a platform for the remarkable female talent in the UK. The awards recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors. ….The decision for the award is announced in November.”

About the awards.

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki at the Margate Bookie Literary Festival , 29 Sept 2018

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki will be appearing at the Margate Bookie Literary Festival

From the announcement:

“29 September, 1-2pm, Turner Contemporary Art Gallery: MY FAMILY AND OTHER SECRETS

Meet three writers whose books are about difficult dads, manipulative mums and the trials (and joys!) of being a second-generation immigrant.

Roopa Farooki discusses The Good Children, about a monstrous mother’s browbeating her offspring into ‘ideal kids’.

Jess Kidd talks about the inspiration behind The Hoarder, set in a house collapsing under the weight of its terrible memories.

And Alice Fitzgerald tells us about Her Mother’s Daughter, a dark tale about how family deceit proves too much for one mother and her 10-year-old daughter.

Join us for readings, author questions and lots of talking.”