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30 October 2004
Saturday 30 October 2004 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
Margaret Atwood and Robert Bringhurst talk to Ian MacMillan about the Classical Hyda Mythtellers, the native American stories which Atwood describes as 'An American Iliad'.
Writers Robert Bringhurst and Margaret Atwood talk to Ian McMillan about the classical Haida myths. Robert Bringhurst is a poet and cultural activist: he's studied linguistics with Noam Chomsky and lectured on oral literature all over the world and has had a particular interest in the classical Haida myths since at least the 1980's. Margaret Atwood is a novelist, poet, Booker Prize winner and in her lastest novel 'Oryx and Crake' created a world as complete and complex and literary as that of the Haida Myths. They discuss the significance of the myths to the heritage of North American literature.