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Chinese literature

Friday 27 June 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and investigates Chinese literature, its traditions and how they are echoed in contemporary poetry and prose.

Part of Radio 3's Focus on China season.

Duration:

45 minutes

Playlist

A special edition of The Verb all about Chinese literature and writing. Ian McMillan is joined by acclaimed Chinese poet Yang Lian, Professor Michel Hockx an expert in contemporary Chinese poetry and theatre director David Tse whose new production combines contemporary life with ancient Chinese myths. They discuss the relationship between modern Chinese writing and the Chinese literary tradition and why modern poetry is dismissed by many because it's seen to have left behind its classical roots. And novelist Liu Hong has written a personal account of her own relationship with English, learning the language privately while growing up in China and using it to write her secret teenage diary.

Riding Pisces by Yang Lian is published by Shearsman. He will be appearing at the Arts Theatre in London on 16 July to talk about the influence of Ezra Pound on his work.

Wives of the East Wind by Liu Hong is published by Headline.

Running The Silk Road by the Yellow Earth Theatre Company is on at the Barbican until 28 June 2008.




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