A packed and richly diverse programme celebrating Omar Khayyam’s glorious Persian meditation on life, death, happiness and the pleasures of imbibing. Discover too the translator of the Rubaiyat, Edward Fitzgerald, who made the poem his own and created one of the masterpieces of English verse. The evening, hosted by broadcaster Libby Purves, will feature readings in Farsi by poet Lobat Vala and Narguess Farzad (SOAS) to live Persian classical music performed by Vida Edalat and the Saba Ensemble; an illustrated recitation of Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat by actors Emily Bruni and Michael Maloney, and introductions to Omar Khayyam himself by Francois de Blois (SOAS) and to Edward Fitzgerald by Tony Briggs, the editor of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Phoenix, 2009) Bar open from 17.30 Presented in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation (vulgarboatman)
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