Ashmolean Museum – Writing Mesopotamia

Ashmolean Jenny and Adnan

Writing Mesopotamia is an exciting series of readings and creative writing workshops from The Poet’s House, Oxford to mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War in March-April 2003. Renowned Iraqi poet Adnan al Sayegh and Oxford-based poet Jenny Lewis will read their own poems together in English, some with Arabic translations, exploring attitudes to, and affects of, the war.

Sunday 17 March 12.00pm 

Lunchtime poetry reading (in English and Arabic) and discussion in the Ancient Near East Gallery by renowned Iraqi poet, Adnan al Sayegh and Oxford poet Jenny Lewis.

Sunday 24 March/ Sunday 7/ Sunday 14/ Sunday 21 April 10.30am-12.30pm

Creative writing workshop inspired by artefacts in the Ancient Near East Gallery for 12 participants, for adults and accompanied children 10+

Sunday 28 April 11am-4pm

Adnan al Sayegh -Visiting Poet. Three readings by Adnan al Sayegh and Jenny Lewis in the Ancient Near East Gallery (11.00am; 12.30pm; 2.00pm) Display of poems created by the creative writing workshop participants and further reading of workshop participant’s work at 4.00pm. ‘Launch of Now as Then pamphlet of poems by Adnan al Sayegh and Jenny Lewis, published by Mulfran Press.

All these events are free but to get an idea of numbers, please reserve places on the creative writing workshops in advance by emailing

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