Non SCA Events - Edinburgh
China-related events at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017
Liu Zhenyun: Book Festival and Filmhouse 12 & 13 Aug 2017
One of China’s foremost novelists, Liu Zhenyun, winner of the Mao Dun prize for Chinese fiction, will make two appearances in Edinburgh this August.
The first opportunity to hear from him is on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 12th August at 12.15. Liu Zhenyun’s work reflects on aspects of China’s newly urbanised culture and his politically aware, satirical and darkly humourous writings have ensured his novels are widely translated. In an hour long conversation with Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Creative Scotland, his latest novel ‘I Did Not Kill My Husband’ will be considered along with the tumultuous times in which we live.
For a different slant on this comic critique of the country’s one child policy, head to the Filmhouse to see a screening of the film of the book .On Sunday 13th August the early evening showing of the film, entitled ‘I Am Not Madame Bovary’ will be followed by a Q&A with Liu Zhenyun.
Xiaolu Guo & Brian Johnstone: Childhood is a Foreign Country
Two acclaimed writers turn their focus on the confusion and complexity of childhood, both seeking to understand the actions of their parents that still resonate deeply in adulthood. Novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo charts her journey from a tiny village in China to the UK, while Scottish poet Brian Johnstone reassesses his childhood following unexpected revelations after his parents’ deaths. Chaired by Rosemary Burnett.