The School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with The Byre Theatre, offers an exciting programme of events drawn from literature, film and cultures across world. Showcasing some of the cutting-edge research currently being carried out by the School of Modern Languages, we bring together artists, filmmakers, writers and academics in celebration and contemplation of exactly what it is that brings us together – languages! All events are open to university staff and students and the general public.
Beyond The Bards: Cultural Identity in The Poetry of Brittany, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
What role can literature play in creating a sense of identity among writers from Celtic lands? This session will explore how poets confront the tensions between innovation and cliché, between universal appeal and national or regional voices, between English and Celtic languages. It will feature readings of poetry in the original language and in translation, alongside discussion from poets, academics and audience members on the pleasures, challenges and risks of writing cultural identity.