Welsh Academic Travels to Poland

Dr Aled Llion Jones, of the School of Welsh, will this week be travelling to universities in Poland, where he has been invited both to lecture on aspects of medieval Welsh literature and also to contribute to projects involving the translation of contemporary Welsh literature into Polish.

Two universities in Poland offer Welsh-language and literature programmes. One of these is the Catholic University of Lublin, in the south-east, where Welsh has been taught since before the fall of Communism; the other is the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, in the west of the country. Dr Jones will be visiting both of these universities.

“It is a pleasure to return to Poland,” said Dr Jones, who spent five years teaching in Lublin prior to coming to Bangor. “It is always worth remembering that Welsh is spoken and taught throughout Europe, as well as in Asia, Australasia and the Americas.

“A large part of the reason for my coming to Poland this week is to strengthen links between Bangor and the institutions in Lublin and Poznan which teach Welsh. I am grateful to the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for awarding me a travel grant which will assist in developing this work over the coming year.”

Publication date: 13 May 2012