Language of the Britons workshop (£25) – Saturday 22 June
Did you know that a form of Welsh was once spoken here in England? This morning workshop delves into the earliest recorded language of the Britons - Brittonic or Old Welsh - giving a unique chance to hear and study some exciting poetry from the 6th-9th centuries whilst sitting round the fire in our 8th century Anglo-Saxon hall. As well as giving a taste of some stirring early literature in the original and translation, the workshop will also look at the influence of the early Celts on English and show how many common English words and local place names have evolved from Celtic roots. Come and explore the origins of British language.
Harriet Earis is a fluent Welsh speaker and has a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge. She will also be giving a harp concert in the Little Woodbury roundhouse later in the day.
The workshop runs from 10am to 12.30pm. You are welcome to stay on site afterwards. Please bring your own picnic or packed lunch to enjoy outside or around the fire, depending on weather. Workshops will always run no matter the weather, so please dress appropriately.
Tutor: Harriet Earis