Adnan al-Sayegh reading with Lambeth Band of Solidarity
Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh took part in an event organised by the Lambeth Band of Solidarity in Brixton, South London, on 19 December 2009.

Adnan was invited to give a reading of his poems at an end of year gathering held in the Loughborough Centre.  He was introduced by Band of Solidarity organiser and poet Ceri Buck, who also gave an English translation of the three poems read by Adnan - "In the Garden of the Unknown Soldier" and "Iraq", translated by Stephen Watts and Marga Burgui-Artajo, followed by "A Passage to Exile", translated by Abbas Kadhim.

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Walls Come Tumbling Down at the Whitechapel Gallery
Adnan Al-Sayegh took part in a special event held On 2 December 2009 at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London.  The round-table gathering featured contributors from varied fields of the arts along with community activists, in performance and in discussion, focussing on art and political issues following the fall of the Berlin Wall.  A poem by Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, performed by Anirban Roy, was the starting point for the discussion. 
The event was organised by A World to Win and chaired by its secretary, Corinna Lotz.  Part of the Whitechapel Gallery's Guernica Project, it was held against the backdrop of a tapestry of Picasso's famous anti-war painting.
Iraqi poet Adnan Al-Sayegh read two of his poems in Arabic during the event, and an English translation was read by Penny Cole.  Poets Cristina Viti, Stephen Watts and Bros Grim gave readings from their own work and from other writers.  Other contributors included Paul Feldman, Ansar Ahmed Ullah, Maja Milatovic-Ovadi, Mark Bartlett and Bill Bowring.


Al-Sayegh at the Foundry

SOLSTICE - a poetry reading organised by Jill Rock alongside an exhibition of photographs by David Binns and an installation by Jill Rock celebrating St Agnes' Well on the site of The Foundry, Great Eastern St. London EC1.  

Poetry readings by Adnan Al-Sayegh, Narayani Guilbarra, Noel Macken and Jill Rock.   
 From 1997 to 2010 The Foundry, Shoreditch, London was a meeting place for free spirits from all 4 corners of the earth, now sadly closed for reconstruction as a luxury hotel, December 21st 2009.

Adnan al-Sayegh in Portsmouth
An evening dedicated to the Poetry of Exile was organised by Tongues and Grooves at The Florence Arms, Southsea, Hampshire, on 29 November 2009.  The event was presented by Richard Williams and featured the poets Maria Jastrzębska (Bologne), Adnan al-Sayegh (Iraq), Vahni Calpideo (Trinidad), Armando Halpern (Portugal), along with British poets Stephen Watts, Maggie Sawkins, John Haynes and Sue Apicella.  Music and songs were performed by Krystyna Jankowska and Martin Heys.

Swedish-Arabic festival hosts Adnan al-Sayegh
Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh was invited to participate in the Swedish-Arabic Culture Festival, held between 6 and 21 November 2009 in Malmo, Sweden.

The festival's poetry evening was held on 14 November.  Al-Sayegh read a selection of his poems, with a Swedish translation appearing on a screen on the stage.  Poets Karin Lentz, Maria Lindberg, Farhad Shakely and Arne Zaringoch were also featured.  The evening was presented by Yahya Ghazi Al-Amiri and included music by Falah Sabar.

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Adnan al-Sayegh in Prague
Adnan Al-Sayegh was invited to the Czech Republic to participate in the Iraqi Cultural Day in Prague on Tuesday 27 October 2009.  The festival was organised by three groups - the Jawahiri Centrum, Společností česko-arabskou and Iracké Forum.  Adnan al-Sayegh read a selection of his poems in the Casa Gelmi hall, introduced by Moayad Haidari.
The reading was followed by music and song, and a film about Iraqi poet Al-Jawahiri (1899-1997). Rawah Al Jassani spoke about Jawahiri's life and poetry.

Radio Free Iraq in Prague took the opportunity to conduct a lengthy interview with Adnan while he was in the city.  The interview was broadcast in two parts, the first on the subjects of poetry and exile, and the second on the homeland and love.

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