The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam at the British Library

14 December 2009 to 21 February 2010

Folio Society Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Organised by

The British Library

Events programme supported by

Iran Heritage Foundation


To mark the 150th anniversary of Edward FitzGerald's publication of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the British Library is exhibiting a wide selection of richly illustrated editions of the poem, together with fascinating background information on its long history.


On Tuesday 16 February 2010, the British Library, in conjunction with the Iran Heritage Foundation, will host two events to celebrate the occasion.

At 1pm there will be a free lunchtime recital of Persian classical music by Vida Edalat and the Saba Ensemble with readings from Omar Khayyam by Lobat Vala and Narguess Farzad (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).

At 6.30pm an evening of readings, presentations and music will commence at the Library. Contributions will include Lobat Vala and Narguess Farzad with Vida Edalat and the Saba Ensemble; a recitation of Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat by Emily Bruni and Michael Maloney, and introductions to Omar Khayyam by Francois de Blois (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) and to Edward FitzGerald by Tony Briggs, editor of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Tickets priced £7.50 (£5 concessions) are available at, by calling 01937 546546 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri) or in person at The British Library.

Admission & Opening Hours

Admission is free

The main building
09.30 – 18.00 Mon, Wed, Thur and Fri
09.30 – 20.00 Tue
09.30 – 17.00 Sat
11.00 – 17.00 Sun and Public Holidays


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