Students joined staff on Wednesday 19th April to celebrate the UNESCO World Book Day at an event held by the Department of Language & Communication Studies.
23rd April sees the birth date of two of the world’s greatest writers, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, and students read extracts of George Orwell’s 1984 in 14 different languages.
Dr Carlos de Pablos-Ortega introduced Dr Hazel Marsh, who spoke about the book’s relevance for today’s society. The event was an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of languages here at the university. In response to the event, one student wrote:
“I just wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this, it is the first time in my 31 years of life that I read something in my mother language in front of an audience, it was special.”