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Word of the Day : 24 / 07 / 2016


(Noun, English) / Rapid eating; bolting of food.

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Your Perfect Translated Summer Read

Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World

Lose yourself in great stories from around the world as our Wanderlust series goes digital for July! We’ve got a quiz to guide you to your perfect Summer Read with the latest translated titles; what are you waiting for?


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Introducing our new Director, Roma Backhouse

  • By Sophie Freeman
  • 30th June 2016

We are excited to announce that Roma Backhouse will succeed Rose Fenton in September 2016. Free Word will continue to work internationally to bring communities, organisations and individuals together through the belief that words change lives.

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The Power Of Translation

We believe that translation opens borders and enriches our understanding of other cultures. London is a city in which over 300 languages are spoken and where, for half of our state school students, English is not their first language. The world is filled with inspiring works of literature, but in the UK only a tiny percentage of literature is in translation. We set up The Power of Translation to tackle these issues and more.

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