Booker Prize: tradition of multilingual writers seems to be dying out – more’s the pity

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Is it a coincidence that J.K. Rowling studied French and Classics?

Or that Shakespeare wrote passages of dialogue in Welsh and French, suggesting that he was conversant in both?

To write successfully in your first language, it can help if you know a second – it is one way of seeing the world from another perspective and making comparisons, which is after all what literature is all about.

Pekr 3cBut what of writers of contemporary literary fiction?

Researchers on the Open World Research Initiative at Swansea University have investigated the…

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