To complement the Central Asian and nomadic themes of this evening's concert, storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton, who has travelled widely in the region, uncovers the secrets of the highly developed art of storytelling in Central Asia with recordings made on the steppes and stories that she learned there.

So important is storytelling in Central Asia that one tale from Kazakhstan involves God sending a storyteller to humanity to 'tell and sing wisdom into foolish human hearts': before this, people did not have 'whole brains'.

And one epic, the Manas, spans three generations in more than two million verses.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20061110 (Radio 3)