How Celtic Are We?

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Cultural historian Dai Smith interrogates the Celtic myth.

For generations, Celtic identity on the British isles has been about 'not being English.' It?s an interpretation you can see written out in Rugby internationals, jewellery design, music and poetry which has also underpinned devolved politics and regional radicalism.

In this Sunday Feature Dai Smith takes the meaning of the terms 'Celt' and 'Celtic' in the twenty-first century. He searches for a Celtic DNA and for Celtic language, as well as the shared history that holds the six Celtic nations together. At a time when many are questioning those facets which hold the identities of the UK together, he also asks if the use of the term Celtic to mean passionate, hot blooded, or romantic is not just a harmless inaccuracy, but a dangerous myth that is preventing a more mature and evidence based analysis of identity around the fringes of the British Isles.