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About Us

Who are we?

Britain’s leading centre for the study and support of literary translation.

BCLT is a research centre within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. We support the MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, a variety of undergraduate modules in the subject, and an extensive programme of PhD research.

We also work in close partnership with the National Centre for Writing and a wide range of other national and international organisations to deliver a programme of activities which support the professional development of literary translators and promote the recognition of literary translation as a profession. These include the annual Sebald Lecture, usually held in the spring at the British Library in London, and the International Summer School in Literary Translation and Creative Writing, held in July at UEA in Norwich.

BCLT was founded in 1989 by the late W.G. Sebald. ‘Max’ was Professor of European Literature at UEA and a German writer who opted to live in the UK and continue writing in German. His novels and collections of essays, including The Rings of Saturn, The Emigrants, Austerlitz and On The Natural History of Destruction, established him as one of the leading writers of the twentieth century.

BCLT occupies a suite of interlinked offices in the Arts Building at UEA, housing the BCLT Library (Arts 2.26), Manager Anna Goode (Arts 2.27) and Academic Director Prof. Duncan Large (Arts 2.28). The team are currently working from home and focusing on online content and events. 

For a more extensive introduction to our work at BCLT, you may like to read the lecture "Fostering Literary Translators: A UK Perspective" presented by Academic Director Duncan Large to an international conference in November 2015.