Etel Adnan (b. 1925, Beirut) is a poet, essayist and visual artist who divides her time between Lebanon, France and the USA. She retired from a permanent teaching position in the late 1970s and now devotes herself to her art and writing. A powerful voice in feminist and antiwar movements, Adnan has published several works of poetry and fiction, among which are Sitt Marie Rose (1978), The Arab Apocalypse (1989) and Master of the Eclipse (2009).
As part of the Serpentine Gallery's Park Nights series, on Friday 3 September 2010, Etel Adnan convened an evening of readings and music celebrating the Edgware Road Project, in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 designed by Jean Nouvel. During this evening, Adnan read from her poetry collection, Seasons (2005) and her memoir, In the Heart of the Heart of another Country (2005). The evening also included music from composer Gavin Bryars' song cycle, Adnan Songbook (1996), which set to music a group of eight of Adnan's love poems from her collection, The Indian Never Had a Horse and Other Poems (1985).
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