“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 tutor Jenny Lewis will be discussing her poetry with Professor Jem Poster and Oxford poet Sue Leigh at the Oxford Literary Festival on Sunday 7 April, 12.00-1.00pm, St Cross College. From the announcement:
“Oxfordshire poets Jenny Lewis and Sue Leigh discuss their writing and its sources.
Lewis and Leigh have been working recently at opposite ends of the scale – Lewis on a vigorous version of the epic of Gilgamesh and Leigh on a collection of finely worked lyric poems – but they share a vision of the poet’s art as vocation and of the cultural importance of poetry itself.
Lewis is an Anglo-Welsh poet and playwright who teaches poetry at the University of Oxford. Her recent publications are Gilgamesh Retold, Fathom and Taking Mesopotamia. Leigh is a poet and writer based in Oxfordshire’s Windrush Valley. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education. Her latest work is Chosen Hill.
Here they talk to poet, novelist and festival director of academic programmes Professor Jem Poster.”
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.”
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
tickets Full Price: £10.00, Member: £10.00, Senior 60+: £8.00, Student: £7.00, Registered Unemployed: £7.00, Under 18: £7.00