Writing Mesopotamia at the British Museum 30th March & 6/13/27 April 2014- with Adnan al Sayegh and Jenny Lewis

Adnan and Jenny rehearsal

Jenny and Adnan reading at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, March 2013. Photo: Mouthanna al Sayegh

‘Writing Mesopotamia at the British Museum’ is a chance for you to get involved in an exciting programme of three creative writing workshops, based on the unique achievements of this influential civilisation, that can
 be enjoyed separately or as part of a series. There is an opportunity to showcase the work you produce in these workshops at a reading event connected to the project at the Museum on 27th April. All workshops are run by Iraqi poet Adnan al Sayegh and British poet Jenny Lewis.

1. ‘Writing Mesopotamia: history and culture’ Sun 30 March, 13.00-16.00 This workshop explores 
the history and culture of Mesopotamia and Iraq. Set your imagination free to produce responses to objects through poetry and creative writing.

£15, Members/concessions £12

2. ‘Writing Mesopotamia: myths, legends and art’ Sun 6 April, 13.00-16.00 This workshop will bring alive the myths, legends and art of Mesopotamia and Iraq and inspire your own creative responses.

£15, Members/concessions £12

3. ‘Writing Mesopotamia: The Epic of Gilgamesh’ Sun 13 April, 13.00-16.00 This final session will look at poetry of Mesopotamia and Iraq, particularly The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the earliest surviving works of literature, as inspiration for your own poetic voice.

£15, Members/concessions £12

4. ‘Writing Mesopotamia: performance’ Sun 27 Apr, 14.00–16.00 Come to the Museum for a unique public performance of works inspired by the history and culture of Mesopotamia-Iraq, including readings from participants in the ‘Writing Mesopotamia’ series of creative writing workshops at the Museum, followed by a performance in English and Arabic by Iraqi poet Adnan al Sayegh and British poet Jenny Lewis, with live oud music by renowned Iraqi musician Ehsan Emam.

Free but booking essential. Reserve your place through the British Museum website (link coming soon) or by emailing jennyklewis@gmail.com

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