Poetry Society of NH - Gilgamesh

"The Epic of Gilgamesh" with Sebastian Lockwood
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire presents "The Epic of Gilgamesh" with Sebastian Lockwood on Saturday June 4th, 2011 at 3:30 PM in the Winchell Room of the Manchester City Library, 405 Pine Street, Manchester, NH. The program is made possible in part by a grant from the NH Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. There will be time for questions at the end of the program. For more information contact the Poetry Society at poetrysocietyofnh@gmail.com or 603-332-0732.
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“Gilgamesh is the great epic of ancient Mesopotamia, one of the oldest works in Western Literature, contemporary with the oldest parts of the Bible. It is the story of a legendary king who achieves heroic victories with the help of the wild man Enkidu. Long counted among the world’s great poems, the Gilgamesh epic in original Babylonian was found on broken tablets, inscribed in ancient cuneiform script. Sebastian Lockwood brings the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu to life as these two discover each other, leave on a great adventure to battle Huwawa where they will face Ishtar and death, and travel to see Utnapishtin (Noah) to find the answer to why we die. Gilgamesh will return to Uruk and write the story that will make him immortal. By telling the tale we continue the story. Lockwood’s interpretation is based on David Ferry’s translation published by Noonday Press.” (http://www.nhhc.org/humanities-to-go-intro.php
“Sebastian Lockwood is a Storyteller who specializes in the epics:  The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey,  CAESAR: the man from Venus,  Beowulf, and… Monkey: A Journey to the West.  These are the great tales of heroic struggle and self-discovery.  Lockwood teaches the techniques of improv Storytelling for artists at New Hampshire Institute of Art and for teachers getting MAs in the arts. These are the great tales of heroic struggle and self-discovery.  Lockwood teaches the techniques of improv Storytelling for artists at New Hampshire Institute of Art and for teachers getting MAs in the arts.  As a student at Boston University and Cambridge, Lockwood studied the twin pillars of Storytelling: anthropology and classics.  Sebastian lives with his wife Nanette Perrotte under Crotched Mountain.”
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is a non profit,  membership organization dedicated to the promotion of poetry. The society publishes the quarterly journal The Poets Touchstone, sponsors poetry contests and hosts poetry readings and workshops. The society also publishes anthologies, most recently The 2010 Poets Guide to NH and The Other Side of Sorrow, Poets Speak Out About Conflict, War and Peace (winner of the 2005 IPPY Bronze Award), and the occasional chapbook. 
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within New Hampshire's Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with the passage of a law designed "to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens." Funding comes from state appropriations and from the National Endowment for the Arts. By law, the Arts Council can also accept private, tax-deductible donations and bequests.
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