Poles in Britain: History, Culture and Literature

On 11 and 12 July, the English Literature team will be organising a series of events concerning Britain’s relationship with Poland.

The programme opens on 11 July at 2pm with a special event for postgraduate students looking at how researchers, particularly those working on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century topics, can use letters in their work. The session is being delivered by Thomas McLean from the University of Otago, New Zealand, the author of The Other East and Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Imagining Poland and the Russian Empire (Palgrave, 2012). To book tickets for this event, please click here.

From 6 30pm-8pm we will be holding a reading at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth by two of Britain’s leading Anglo-Polish authors: Wioletta Greg and Agnieszka Dale. Wioletta Greg is the author of six volumes of poetry, as well as a novel, Swallowing Mercury, which spans her childhood and her experience of growing up in Communist Poland and was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Her short stories and poems have been published in Asymptote, the Guardian, Litro Magazine, Poetry Wales, Wasafiri and The White Review. Her works have been translated into English, Catalan, French, Spanish and Welsh. Agnieszka Dale is a Polish born, London-based author. Her first book, Fox Season and Other Short Stories, was published in 2017. Her short stories have been selected for BBC Radio 4, Liars’ League London, Tales of the Decongested and The Fine Line Short Story Collection. Her feature articles have been published by Stylist, and her song lyrics performed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune Live from Tate Modern. To book a free ticket for this event, please click here.

The symposium takes place on 12 July and is designed to bring together scholars whose work is concerned with aspects of the Polish presence in Britain from c. 1750 to the present. The plenary presentation will be delivered by the historian Adam Zamoyski. To see the full programme for the conference, please click here. To book a ticket to either the symposium or the plenary, please click here.

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