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19 April 2008

CELTIC LANDS AND LANGUAGE

Celts are often thought of as the race that inhabited post Roman Britain but were forced out to the western edges of the continent by the arrival of the Germanic tribes.  Another interpretation is that the race colonised a world which stretched from North Africa to Iceland where the sea was not a barrier but a highway for trade and communication.  How much of this Celtic world has survived and what do the modern Celtic nations now share in terms of culture and language?

Sandi Toksvig is joined by two Celts who travelled in search of an essentially Celtic experience; artist John Rogers captured the landscapes of the Atlantic seaboard on his canvas and writer and television presenter Manchan Magan journeyed round Ireland speaking only Irish Gaelic.

STUDENT RECRUITMENT ABROAD
University Academic Registrar could be perceived as dry and deskbound a job, but for many registrars it involves travelling widely to attract students from all over the world to British higher education.

Keele University’s Academic Registrar, Helena Thorley regularly visits the Far East to recruit students from different cultures and to find out their expectations while answering their questions about life in Britain.


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

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Photo: Scottish croft

This week’s guests:

John Rogers

As a painter John has always been fascinated by the life, buildings and landscapes of indigenous people.  John’s travels were motivated by a desire to find and paint this disappearing aspect of our lives.  His first important painting journey was to Morocco in 1983. 
Following his visit to Morocco it would not be for another ten years that the idea, inspired by his Celtic background, of exploring the Atlantic sea road finally prompted him into action.  His latest travels are recorded in a new book entitled From Africa to Iceland - A visual Celtic voyage..

From Africa to Iceland – A visual Celtic voyage
Publisher: Gomer Press
ISBN-10: 1843237237
ISBN-13: 978-1843237235

Exhibition: From Africa to Iceland by John Rogers
From 5th April until 31st May 2008
Venue: The National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion, Wales 

Manchán Magan is a travel writer and television presenter.  For eight years Manchán and his brother Ruán have travelled the world making a series of documentaries titled Global Nomad.  They have filmed in India, Europe, the Middle East, South America, North America, Greenland and China.

Manchán lives in Ireland.  He speaks Irish Gaelic which he learnt from his grandmother.  Manchán began to wonder why it wasn’t comfortable to speak it in Dublin and he’d made a documentary series No Béarla about what would happen when he travelled Ireland speaking only Irish.  The new series No Béarla 2 ‘Seeking Irish’ is a humorous exploration of the Irish language and is broadcast on the Irish language television station TG4 in Ireland.

NO BÉARLA 2
Begins: Friday, 28th March 2008, 7.30pm TG4 (Repeat Sundays at 8pm)

Helena Thorley is an Academic Registrar of Keele University.  Helena is responsible for student marketing, admission exams and promoting the university.  As part of her job, she travels abroad to recruit students to study at the University, she specialises in China and south East Asia, particularly Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brunei and Thailand.

Keele were the first UK University to go to China in search of students.  At the first exhibition they held, the riot police had to hold back the crowds as there was so much interest in them.

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