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 tutor Roopa Farooki on judging panel for Young Muslim Writers Award

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki has been named a judge on the panel for Young Muslim Writers Award 2018.

From the announcement:

The judging panel comprised of 31 award-winning poets, writers, and journalists have been announced for the 8th annual Young Muslim Writers Awards competition.

 The panel of judges have been tasked with selecting nine winners for this year’s writing competition organised by UK charity Muslim Hands, in association with the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study (University of London). Thousands of children have submitted their writing over the competition’s eight-year history, with forty-five submissions shortlisted from this year’s entrants.

Since 2010 Muslim Hands has encouraged and nurtured the writing talents of thousands of children through creative writing workshops and the annual competition. Winners from this year’s competition will be announced on Saturday 1st December at the iconic Senate House (London) across the Short Story, Poetry, and Journalism categories.”

More about the prize and the judges

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

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
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
Wednesday 3 October, 2018,
Goldsmiths, University of London
Free admission to seminar – to attend please email Maria MacDonald,
Thursday 4 October 2018,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
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


MSt alumna Maya Popa interviews MSt tutors Jane Draycott & Jenny Lewis for Carcanet blog

Jane Draycott and Jenny Lewis: Recalibrating the Classics

MSt alumna Maya Popa interviewed MSt tutors Jane Draycott & Jenny Lewis for Carcanet blog, which is now available to read online.

From the announcement;
This week on the blog, Jenny Lewis and Jane Draycott talk to Maya C. Popa about their translations Gilgamesh Retold and Pearl. As part of the Bookblast Tour 2018, the pair will be discussing their work in Claiming the Great Tradition: Women Recalibrate the Classics at Waterstones, Manchester on Thursday 8 November. We’d love to see you there. 

For more information, head over to our Facebook event.

Jenny Lewis is an Anglo-Welsh poet, playwright, songwriter, children’s author and translator who teaches poetry at Oxford University. She trained as a painter at the Ruskin School of Art before reading English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

She has published two collections with Oxford Poets/Carcanet, Fathom (2007) andTaking Mesopotamia (2014). Lewis is currently completing a PhD on Gilgamesh at Goldsmiths. Her translation Gilgamesh Retold is due out this October.

Jane Draycott studied at King’s College London and Bristol University. Her first full collection, Prince Rupert’s Drop was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 1999. In 2002 she was the winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry and in 2004, the year of her second collection, The Night Tree, she was nominated as one of the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Next Generation’ list of poets. Her third collection, Over was shortlisted for the 2009 T.S. Eliot Prize. 

She lives in Oxfordshire and is a tutor on postgraduate writing programmes at Oxford University and Lancaster University. 
Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and the author of two chapbooks, The Bees Have Been Canceled, and You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave. She holds degrees from Oxford University, New York University, and Barnard College. She directs the Creative Writing Program and teaches English Literature at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.
Jenny Lewis and Jane Draycott

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s work in three new anthologies

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s work features in three new anthologies coming out in 2018:

The Asian Writer, A Decade (Dahlia Press), to be launched at the Asian Writer Festival 2018 (Oct 20th)

Paper Mirrors, (Crocus/Commonword), to be launched at the Commonword Prize for Children’s Fiction, 2018 (Dec 12th)

In the New Century: An Anthology of Pakistani English Literature 1998-2017, (OUP, ed. Muneeza Shamsie), launch 2019.

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 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.”