Victims of a Map’ seminar, Kellogg College, Oxford, Tuesday 4 March 2014.

Victims of  Map seminar, Kellogg College 2 Victims of a Map seminar, Kellogg College, Oxford
With Adnan al Sayegh and Taj Kandoura (interpreter).
The seminar went very well – looking at Iraq and the poetry and literature that shaped it from pre-Islamic poetry until the present day. We read for the first time my translations (with Ruba Abughaida) of extracts from Adnan’s 500-page poem – Uruk’s Anthem and some of my Gilgamesh poems from Taking Mesopotamia. At the Q&A afterwards someone asked how we tackled translating each other poems and I said we sometimes drew, sometimes mimed and sometimes made faces to try to get meanings across.
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