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. To watch a short film clip here:

我不是潘金莲预告片 from CAHSS Webteam on Vimeo.


The Book Festival programme is now available to book. For tickets for Liu Zhenyun at Sat 12th Aug at 12.15 please click here.

To book tickets for the special screening and Q&A session at the Filmhouse please book via the Filmhouse Box Office.


Liu Zhenyun was born in 1958 in Henan province. In 1973 he joined the People’s Liberation Army and spent five years in the Gobi desert. After graduating from Peking University where he first published work in campus journals, he himself suggests that his writing career really only started after he became a journalist. Novels and short stories which have been translated into English (and numerous other languages) include Tapu Township; Chicken Feathers Everywhere; Working Unit; Cell Phone; The Cook, the Crook and the Tycoon and most recently I Did Not Kill My Husband