The Gilgamesh epic project for young people ran from May 2015 to October 2016. It was organised by the Enheduanna Society, and sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

Project participants were given opportunities to hear, interpret, explore, renew and pass on the 3000-year-old Gilgamesh epic. They were mentored by Zipang Mesopotamian Storytellers Fran Hazelton (English), June Peters (English), Badia Obaid (Arabic and English).

The storytelling was based on translations by Dr Stephanie Dalley from the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, and Professor Andrew George from the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London.

Especial thanks go to John Levitt for his reading of the Gilgamesh epic from Three Kings of Warka., and to Simon Clemenson for his workshops on cuneiform writing.

Websites on which the project has been featured

The Enheduanna Society          BBC Radio 4 “In Our Time”


Supporters of the Gilgamesh epic project (click on the logos to visit the supporters’ websites)