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  • Upcoming Event: Translating Scent

    Thu 2 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Translating Scent

    A fragrant June evening that's all about the most elusive sense. How can we translate scent into words and vice versa? Marta Dziurosz's guests - Euan Cameron, translator of Philippe Claudel's Parfums (an autobiography told in smells); Ricarda Vidal, translator, researcher and creator of Translation Games (an interdisciplinary project playing with scent); and Pia Long, writer at… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Translation Pitch: New Literary Voices with PEN Presents

    Thu 9 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Translation Pitch

    The Translation Pitch is back! Six translators go head-to-head, pitching their ‘must-acquire’ European books to a live audience and a jury of top publishing experts: Max Porter (Granta/Portobello), Meike Ziervogel (Peirene Press) and Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories). This whirlwind tour of contemporary European writing will uncover brilliant books from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Turkey and… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: An Ode to Storytelling: Translating ‘The Book of Pearl’

    Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World

    Mon 13 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    The Book of Pearl

    Join Walker Books, publishers of Alex Rider, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, as they present the imaginative adventure story The Book of Pearl. Hear internationally acclaimed author, Timothée de Fombelle, in conversation with his translators Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon about his journey in creating the story, and theirs in bringing it to life in English. This event… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Translators Surgeries

    5:00pm - 7:00pm. See dates below.

    The Astor Room

    Free Word Centre

    The principle is for practising translators − both experienced and emerging − to gather informally to discuss a translation problem they are encountering with a work in progress. These sessions will not be language- or subject-specific. Numbers are limited to 12, which is the maximum capacity of the Astor Room and a good number for this type of discussion. Booking is… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: International Translation Day 2016

    Fri 30 Sept 2016, 9.00am – 5.30pm

    British Library

    International Translation Day 2016 postcard

    International Translation Day is the 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, celebrate success, as well as to network and share ideas. Details of this year’s programme coming soon.       … Read more