MSt tutor Jenny Lewis joined the distinguished Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh and the British artist Frances Kiernan to present an exhibition of prints and extracts from Gilgamesh Retold, Jenny’s re-imagining of the Epic of Gilgamesh, at the the Iraqi Embassy on 29 April, 2017. The presentation was followed by the launch of The Flood an extract from Gilgamesh Retold with Arabic translations by Adnan al-Sayegh and Ruba Abughaida and original woodcuts by Frances Kiernan, published by Mulfran Press.
The ceremony was opened by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq Dr. Saleh Al-Tamimi, who welcomed the guests and the audience, highlighting Jenny’s poetry and the importance of her collaboration with the Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh which is funded by Arts Council England and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and The Poetry Society. Dr. Al-Tamimi also stressed the importance of these cultural evenings that shed light on the ancient civilization of Iraq and its history which is currently under threat from terrorist groups.
Dr Al-Tamimi also thanked the media ambassador Waheeda Al-Miqdadi for her efforts in organizing this evening in co-operation with the Embassy.