Adnan Al-Sayegh

Adnan Al-Sayegh, born in Al-Kufa in 1955, is one of the most original voices from the generation of Iraqi poets known as the Eighties Movement. His poetry carries an intense passion for freedom, love and beauty. Adnan uses his words as a weapon to denounce the devastation of war and the horrors of dictatorship. He left his homeland in 1993, lived in Amman and Beirut, then took refuge in Sweden in 1996. Since 2004 he has been living in exile in London.

Adnan is a member of the Iraqi and Arab Writers Unions, the Iraqi and Arab Journalists Unions, the International Journalist Organization, the Swedish Writers Union, the Swedish Pen Club, and English PEN and Exiled Writers Ink.

He has received several international awards; among them, the Hellman-Hammet International Poetry Award (New York 1996), the Rotterdam International Poetry Award (1997) and the Swedish Writers Association Award (2005), and has been invited to read his poems in many festivals across the world.

Let Me Tell You What I Saw, the first dual language English/Arabic translation of large sections of Al-Sayegh's renowned epic poem Uruk's Anthem, is available now (Translated by Jenny Lewis and Ruba Abughaida.) 



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Author Events

Thursday 3rd December, 19:30

For our last First Thursday of the year we'll be joined by Adnan Al-Sayegh and Jenny Lewis reading poetry from Let Me Tell You What I Saw and Peter Benson reading from his new novel The Stromness Dinner. We'll host our usual open mic following the readings which you can sign up to by emailing Tickets are £2.74 (incl. admin fee) available via Eventbrite Details of how to join will be included in your confirmation email.  We hope you can join us (festive themed readings/outfits welcome)! About the books: Let Me Tell You...