"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
This conference is being held to coincide with the forthcoming ‘South Yorkshire Voices’ exhibition at Sheffield University Western Bank Library. The conference will open on the evening of Wednesday 10 July with a public poetry reading and discussion by Ian McMillan, and will close on the evening of Friday 12 July with a poetry workshop led by Peter and Ann Sansom, directors of The Poetry Business, which publishes The North poetry magazine. Our plenary academic speaker will be Dr Mark Sebba, who has written widely on pidgin and creole languages, and on the sociolinguistics of orthography.