The Shahnameh: The Epic Book of Kings

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Hear the ancient Perisan Epic Book of Kings at the Junction this January

Acclaimed performance storyteller Xanthe Gresham-Knight performs episodes from the ancient Persian Epic Book of Kings accompanied by Kurdish Iranian musician Arash Moradi. Gresham-Knight brings exhilaration, energy, poetry and humour to this sweeping ancient history of Iran. The Shahnameh was written between 977 and 1010 by the poet Firdawsi and contains stories of creation up to the seventh century, including tales of the epic hero Rostam and historical figures like Alexander the Great. Originally commissioned by the British Museum, this collection of stories from The Shahnameh has expanded thanks to honorariums from the Smithsonian, Iran Heritage, Asia House and the Magic of Persia. The Independent calls it ‘magical’.

Xanthe Gresham-Knight and Arash Moradi will perform The Shahnameh at Cambridge Junction on 30 January at 7.30pm. Tickets from £10.