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Phil Terry, Jenny Lewis and Adnan Al Sayegh: StAnza Festival

Friday 11 Mar 2022, 10:00 to 11:00

Holy Trinity Church - Nave
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9NL


This morning's reading will present three contrasting approaches to rewriting the Epic of Gilgamesh, originally written in Akkadian in the late 2nd millennium BC. Iraqi poet Adnan Al-Sayegh will read (with translations from Jenny Lewis) from Let Me Tell You What I Saw and from his epic poem Uruk's Anthem, which he wrote while a conscripted soldier, and later a detainee, in the Iran-Iraq war. Both draw upon Gilgamesh. Jenny Lewis's interest in Gilgamesh sets out from a sense of culture as permanently unstable and open to different contested interpretations. In Gilgamesh Retold, she responds to (and seeks different narratives and endings within) the ancient Mesopotamian epic tale. Finally, Phil Terry will share excerpts from Dictator, his experimental recreation of the epic using the 1,500-word vocabulary of Globish (a business language invented to record business transactions), plus poems from his new work, The Lascaux Notebooks.
This ticket is for the live event in St Andrews.

Tickets are £7 / £5 / £3 - find out more and buy them here.

See the full list of StAnza events here.

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