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  Jenny Lewis



Jenny Lewis, Poetry Teacher, poet, playwright and songwriter, trained as a painter at the Ruskin School of Art before reading English at Oxford University. She gained an MPhil in Poetry from the University of South Wales, specialising in cross-arts collaborations of poetry, music, dance and visual art.

She teaches poetry at Oxford University and is a Core Writing Tutor at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, currently studying for a PhD at Goldsmiths College, and working on a new version of 'The Epic of Gilgamesh'.

Jenny's published three collections of poetry 'When I Became an Amazon' 'Fathom', 'Taking Mesopotamia' (now compulsory reading), and two chapbooks of poetry in English and Arabic with the Iraqi poet, Adnan Al-Sayegh, 'Now as Then: Mesopotamia-Iraq and Singing for Inanna' . Her reviews and articles have been published in leading magazines including 'World Literature Today', 'Poetry London' and 'PN Review', and her prizes and awards include a 'Hawthornden Fellowship, 2012' and the 'New Writer Prize 1997'.

Her theatre work includes 'The Art of Loving Honourably', a poetry and early music cycle based on troubadour lyrics with the early music group, Third Voice (literary festivals and Royal Festival Hall, London) and 'Map of Stars', Garden of the Senses' and 'After Gilgamesh ', all for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.

Jenny started as a songwriter with Vashti Bunyan, having written ‘17 Pink Sugar Elephants’ together, which Vashti transformed into the haunting Train Song used on TV commercials and the US TV series 'True Detective'. Jenny’s song 'Anthem for Gilgamesh' (part of the ‘Writing Mesopotamia’ project) has launched several festivals (including the Berlin Festival of Poetry and Human Rights, 2014).










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