Skip to Content

Summer School Programme

The BCLT Summer School brings together writers and translators from around the world for a one-week programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice. After more than 20 years of running literary translation summer schools, the BCLT Summer School is a vibrant, tried and tested format for the professional development of literary translators. Not only does it provide a nurturing environment for translators to work on their craft; it also establishes a valuable network of translators, editors, publishers and indeed friends from around the world.

The core activity of the week is the literary translation workshops, led by experienced literary translators and editors, working from a range of languages into English. We also include in the programme two creative writing sessions for literary translators with authors writing in English, as well as plenary sessions and short talks addressing various aspects of the theory and practice of literary translation, with a focus on the professional development for translators.

The 2021 Summer School will be run online (19-24 July 2021). 

The online version of the Summer School includes many of our regular activities plus a few different sessions unique to the new online format:

• Language-specific workshop strands

• Multilingual workshop strands for translators translating from any language into English

• A Training the Trainer workshop strand for experienced translators that would like to run translation workshops in their home country

• All workshops are designed to encourage collaboration and peer learning in a small group setting (maximum of 10 translators in a group)

• Creative Writing workshops

• Author and translator readings

• Plenary panels with industry professionals

• Short talks on hot topics

• Optional online evening social events


The workshop strands for 2021 are:


- Chinese to English (Led by Jeremy Tiang with author Chi Ta-Wei)

- Danish to English (Led by Paul Russell Garrett with author Alen Mešković)

- Dutch to English (Poetry) (Led by Michele Hutchison and Alfred Schaffer)

- French to English (Led by Adriana Hunter with author Anne-Sophie Subilia)

- German to English (Literary non-fiction) (Led by Katy Derbyshire with author Asal Dardan)

- Italian to English (Literary non-fiction) (Led by Minna Zallman Proctor with author Silvia Ballestra)

- Japanese to English (Led by Polly Barton with author Tomoka Shibasaki)

- Multilingual Prose (with a focus on 'Less Translated Languages' - more information here) (Led by Olivia Hellewell)

- Multilingual Theatre (Led by William Gregory)

- Training the Trainer (Led by Daniel Hahn)


Find out more about our workshop leaders and authors on the biographies page.


Download the 2020 Programme to give you an idea of how the week works. The 2021 will be similar, but slightly longer and with a few tweaks.


The 2021 Summer School fee will be £275.00. This covers all sessions throughout the week, including the optional evening social events. Applicants are able to apply for a full tuition fee bursary. Details are available on our bursaries page.


Visit our 'Frequently Asked Questions' page if you have more questions or email us at

Photo credit: Anita Staff -