To coincide with the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, Literature Wales, the national company for developing literature in Wales, is further developing its strategic partnerships with national literature organisations in Scotland and partners in Germany.
A pilot event took place in June 2019 with Welsh novelist Alys Conran at Humboldt University’s Centre for British Studies in Berlin. Alys led a workshop with students of the Master in British Studies course (who have studied her work as part of their course), followed by a public reading and event.
Coinciding with the June pilot events, National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn, and Literature Wales staff also travelled to Berlin to research new partnerships, venues and collaborators in preparation for a collaborative multi-part event scheduled to take place in Berlin in November 2019.
A return visit to Berlin will take place in November 2019, there will be a panel event at the Centre for British Studies featuring poets from Wales, Ireland and Scotland, as well as representatives from Literature Wales. It is also anticipated that the poets will take part in a performance at one of the above named literature venues in Berlin. All of these activities will form part of a season of events in Berlin during autumn 2019, initiated by the government offices of Wales, Scotland and Ireland, to promote indigenous languages.