Chinese-related programmes at this year’s International Storytelling Festival held at Edinburgh and Glasgow:

Chinese Traditional Storytelling: A Yangzhou Master
Venue: St Mungo’s Museum of Life and Art, Glasgow
Time: 18:00, 21 Oct 2010
Running time: 2 hr 15 min
Admission: Free
Experience the art and traditions of Chinese storyteller Ma Xiaolong, facilitated by European master storyteller, Abbi Patrix and leading researcher of Yangzhou storytelling, Vibeke Børdahl. Witness the survival and renaissance of ancient oral traditions. Repeated at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Saturday 23rd October. Age restriction of 12+.

Yangzhou Storytelling of Yesterday and Today
Venue: The Burrell Collection, Glasgow
Time: 15:00, 22 Oct 2010
Admission: Free
hina is not only among the world’s most ancient literary cultures. She also houses sophisticated traditions of oral storytelling, shuoshu, going back to the middle ages. Leading scholar Vibeke Børdahl explores the significance of storytelling from the old cultural city of Yangzhou, the centre for one of the most famous traditions of Chinese oral performance culture, past and present. Age: Adults.

Fong Liu and Harmony Ensemble
Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Time: 19:00, 23 Oct 2010
Running time: 1 hr 45 min
Admission: £12
Chinese singer and storyteller Fong Liu leads an enchanting journey through ancient Chinese legend, while fellow Harmony Ensemble members Hooi Ling Eng and Eddie McGuire respond with original, improvised and traditional music. Age: Adults.

W N Herbert: Chinese Wayfaring
Venue: Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
Time: 15:00, 30 Oct 2010
Admission: £5
Poet and indefatigable traveller W N Herbert has walked the Wall and followed the Silk Road and is currently working with eminent Chinese poet, Yang Lian, on Jade Ladder, a book of translations from contemporary Chinese poetry. This event, in which W N Herbert is joined in conversation by Robyn Marsack, promises to be an illuminating hour in the company of a consummate storyteller and inventive poet. Part of Connecting Voices: Poetry and Stories Across Scotland. Age: Adults.