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  • Upcoming Event: Launch for Granta 127: Japan

    Tue 6 May 2014

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Granta Japan

    In the spring issue of Granta, writers turn their attention to Japan. To celebrate the launch of Granta 127: Japan, contributors Hiromi Kawakami and Yukiko Motoya come all the way from Japan to discuss their work and introduce you to their country. In ‘Blue Moon’, Hiromi Kawakami reflects on mortality and the limits of translation, while in ‘The… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Signs

    Wed 14 May, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Free Word Hall

    Sign language

    Children from Frank Barnes School for the Deaf and Gospel Oak School share what they have learned in workshops on signed poetry. Artist and performer Deepa Shastri, together with Free Word Translator in Residence, Lucy Greaves will lead workshops in the schools in April exploring the richness of translation between sign language and English, encouraging the children to come up… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Translating the Syrian news

    Thu 29 May 2014

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Syrian news protest

    A panel of journalists discuss how events in Syria are reported by the international and Syrian media and how the contrast between what is presented to a domestic and global audience can be mediated. With Channel 4 presenter Paul Mason and others guests TBC. Chaired by Jo Glanville. … Read more

  • Past Event: From Rio To River

    A Short Tour of Latin America

    Mon 2 Jun 2014

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Image: Thelmadatter

    As all eyes turn to Rio de Janeiro with the World Cup approaching, join us for a literary kick-about as we launch two exciting collections of short-form writing from Latin America: The Book of Rio (Comma Press, May 2014) and The Football Crónicas. The Book of Rio, the latest title in short story publisher Comma’s ‘Reading… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: International Translation Day 2014

    Mon 26 Sep 2014, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    British Library

    Ngugi wa Thiong'o in conversation with Amanda Hopkinson

    Now in its fifth year, the International Translation Day symposium is an annual event for the translation community. It is an opportunity for translators, students, publishers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and reviewers to gather and debate significant issues and developments within the sector, to discuss challenges and to celebrate success. Tickets will be on sale shortly and more details on the… Read more