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Poles in Britain

With half a million Poles now living in Britain, writers Eva Hoffman and Asia Bakalayar discuss the proliferation of contemporary art and literature being created by Polish artists.

Polish is the third most spoken language in the UK, after English and Welsh, and the 2011 census found over half a million Poles living in Britain. But you don't need to speak Polish in order to embrace Polish culture, thanks to a current boom in translating Polish novels into English. Rana Mitter asks the Polish-born writers Eva Hoffman and A.M. Bakalar to provide a guide to the most exciting writing coming out of Poland today.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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20 minutes

Music Played

  • Witold Lutosławski

    Sacher Variation

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