‘Victims of a Map’ – Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing

Creative Writing Seminar Series

Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing

Stopforth Metcalfe Room, Kellogg College,

62 Banbury Road

 5.00pm refreshments for 5.30 start of seminar – FREE, all welcome.

Hilary Term Week 7:

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Jenny Lewis and Adnan al Sayegh:

Victims of a Map:

the poetry of war, exile and hope in Mesopotamia-Iraq”


Adnan al-Sayegh was born in al-Kufa, Iraq on the banks of the Euphrates River. One of the most original voices of the generation of Iraqi poets that came to maturity in the 1980s, his poetry denounces the devastation of wars and the horrors of dictatorship. Adnan has published ten collections of poetry, including the book-length Uruk’s Anthem (Beirut 1996) and won several international awards. Since 2004 he has been living in exile in London.


Jenny Lewis’ published works include When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press, 1996/ Bilingua, Russia 2002), Fathom (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2007) and After Gilgamesh (Mulfran Press, 2011) a verse drama for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. Her forthcoming collection Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet) expresses the revulsion and despair that ordinary people, especially women, feel towards war. She teaches poetry at Oxford University.

Jenny Lewis

Seminar Convenor:  Dr Clare Morgan

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