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Celebrating Welsh literature in Berlin

Published Thu 13 Jun 2019 - By Literature Wales
Award-winning Welsh novelist Alys Conran will take part in two events in Berlin in June, with support from British Council Wales’ Wales Europe 2019-20 Fund.

Literature Wales is leading the visit to Germany, as part of its activities celebrating Wales’ literary culture. This visit will also kick-off wider international projects centred around the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages which will be in development throughout 2019/20, with initial support from Wales Arts International.

Alys Conran will visit Humboldt University’s Centre for British Studies in Berlin. Alys will work with students of the Master in British Studies course, who have studied her first novel Pigeon (Parthian, 2016) which won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017. This will be followed by a discussion and public reading from both her debut novel and her latest work Dignity (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2019).

The public event will take place on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at 5.00pm (CET) at the Centre for British Studies, Mohrenstrasse 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

The event will be free to attend and everyone is welcome. Full details can be found here.

There is great interest from partners in Germany to host events with Welsh writers – particularly those addressing the unique linguistic landscapes of our nation. This interest stems from an aspiration to discover more about the nations of the UK, particularly in the context of a new relationship between the UK, its devolved nations, and Europe.

Broader linguistic links and experience between Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales and mainland Europe will also be explored during this on-going project, as part of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages. National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, will join the visit to Berlin in June, alongside Literature Wales, to research new partnerships, venues and collaborators in preparation for further events in Berlin in November 2019 and in other partner countries during 2020.

Celebrating Wales’ Literary Culture is a key Activity Pillar of Literature Wales’ Strategic Plan 2019-2022 and this project will contribute to strengthening the range, reach and reputation of Wales’ writers by delivering and supporting a significant international project which celebrates the distinctiveness of Wales’ languages, literatures and writers.