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Summer School Programme

Take a look at the draft programme for the week - this will give you an idea of how the week works. 


Each participant takes part in a particular workshop strand and stays with this group for all of the literary translation workshops. You will then get to take part in two creative writing sessions to give you some time to explore your creativity - with some expert guidance of course! We also programme three plenary sessions on topics that we feel will be of interest to practicing literary translators. We are excited to announce that the remarkable Kate Briggs will be returning to Norwich to give the first plenary of the week. This will be followed by a panel chaired by Rosie Goldsmith on the journey of a translated novel, with our Italian workshop author, Elvira Dones, her translator Clarissa Botsford and her publisher Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories). Our final plenary session will be a publishers' panel, chaired by renowned editor Bill Swainson.


The workshop strands available in 2019 are:


French to English & English to French

Workshop leader - Arianne Des Rochers

Author - Nathanaël 

Workshop participants will be provided with two thematically-related excerpts from the author’s writing — one in French, the other in English. While discussions will take place in both languages, participants may choose to translate in one or both directions.


Italian to English

Workshop leader - Shaun Whiteside

Author - Elvira Dones

Please note that all sucessful Italian workshop applicants will receive a £400 bursary and £100 travel bursary funded by Pro Helvetia.


Multilingual Poetry 

Workshop leader - Clare Pollard


Multilingual Prose with a particular focus on Children's & Young Adult Fiction

Workshop leader - Daniel Hahn


Slovenian to English

Workshop leader - Olivia Hellewell

Author - Goran Vojnović

The Slovenian Book Agency is able to cover all travel expenses for Slovene participants via a mobility grant. Contact for further information.


Spanish to English

Workshop leader - Anne McLean

Author - Lina Meruane 


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