Simon’s Slovene Soujorn

Watch Simon Brooks’ session from Slovenia where he talks about his latest book on the history of Welsh nationalism.

Posted by Nia Davies on 3 July 2016 Literature Across Frontiers

Welsh writer Simon Brooks travelled to Slovenia in April 2016 to take part in Literary Europe Live events as part of the country’s annual Slovene Book Days.

During his visit, he discussed his latest book Pam Na Fu Cymru: Methiant Cenedlaetholdeb Cymru (Why Wales Never Was: The Failure of Welsh Nationalism) published by University of Wales Press in 2015.

If you couldn’t make it to Slovenia, you can still watch the session he held at Novo Mesto on YouTube and hear his theory about why Wales – unlike many other small European states in the nineteenth century – didn’t develop a successful national movement demanding rights for minority language communities.

On the website of our sister organisation Wales Literature Exchange, you can also read a Welsh-language blog which Simon wrote during his visit to Slovenia.

Organised by the Slovene Writers’ Association, the Slovene Book Days has been bringing together writers from across Europe and further afield since 1996.