"Il n’y a pas de terre promise"

Name of traveller

Paol Keineg (b. 1944)

Reason for travel

  • study abroad
  • family reasons

Date of travel

undated, ca. 1960s 1970s and 2012

[Merthyr Tydfil] une ville qui, dans la violence et l’émergence du mouvement syndical, avait vu naître la révolution industrielle au 19ème siècle, mais une ville gagnée par la grande pauvreté à compter des années 50. (Keineg 3)


  • customs: contrasts Wales with Brittany in the 1960s and 1970s
  • literature: discovery of Welsh poetry via French and English translations
  • people:
    • married to a Welsh woman
    • visits his daughter in Cardiff 2012
  • politics:
    • receives a Zellidja bursary to study bilingual education in primary schools in Aberystwyth and Bangor areas
    • notes poverty of population in Merthyr Tydfil
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Nationality of traveller

Breton, French

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Keineg, Paol. "Il n’y a pas de terre promise." Rencontres Bretagne/Monde anglophone. 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.