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The Stories of Eva Luna

Read by Sue Eckstein

Isabel Allende was 13 when she discovered 1001 nights and read it hiding in a cupboard. “Young girls were not supposed to read it....my awakening to eroticism and imagination was marked by that book,” she has said.

The Stories of Eva Luna is based on Scheherazade. Eva Luna swaps her stories for food and shelter, friendship and finally love. Like Scheherazade, Eva too invents a story each day bringing in the landscapes of South America.

“Tell me a story you have never told anyone before. Make it up for me,” Eva is commanded.

Sue Eckstein is the author of the novel, The Cloths of Heaven (Myriad Editions, 2009) set in an ex-pat community in West Africa during the 1990s. Her first play, The Tuesday Group, was performed in London in February 2003 as part of King’s College London’s Art of Dying festival, with a cast that included Phyllida Law, Gina McKee and Amanda Mealing. Her first radio play, Kaffir Lilies, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006. Two subsequent plays, Laura and Old School Ties were broadcast on Radio 4 in 2008 and April 2009. Sue is a lecturer in Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).


Sue Eckstein | talks


Date and Time:

24 May 2009 at 2:00 pm


1 hour



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