Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Dr S Heinz, Wien University

  Having received your inquiry I would like to inform you about some difficulties we had with the British Council in Berlin/FR Germany.

  In 1998 a representative of the Welsh Tourist Board, Carys Evans, and me, as the acting head of the Celtic Unit in Berlin, went to the British Council in order to discuss possibilities of promoting Wales in Germany with Dr Simon Cole and further members of the institution. One of the issues discussed on that occasion was an evening with Welsh poets open to the public, which would introduce Welsh products. Unfortunately, after the talk we did not hear from the Council again.

  This year, I asked whether the British Council would be willing to help in sponsoring an anthology comprising translations from Celtic speaking areas and an introduction to the four main Celtic literatures, including Welsh therefore. It was refused without looking at it.

  On the other hand, the British Council does support the Centre for Great Britain Studies (Grö-britannienzentrum) at the Humboldt University of Berlin, which does not consider to introduce any aspects of the Welsh culture, language or literature.

9 October 2000

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