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Summer School Testimonials

The BCLT's International Literary Translation Summer School has been running since 2000 at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Throughout those years the Summer School has been invaluable for many literary translators for many different reasons, including professional development and networking. Here is some of the feedback we have received:

"The workshop leaders for both creative writing and translation were fantastic, very encouraging and offering the perfect balance of structure and freedom. It was great meeting other translators, not just for the support network they form but also to learn about other people's projects and about exciting ways of exploring and showcasing translation."

Multilingual Poetry workshop attendee, 2017

"It was a truly wonderful week, spending time with a diverse range of interesting people. The final presentations were genuinely moving as we were able to see how much high calibre work could be produced across many languages and styles in a very short space of time"

German workshop attendee, 2017

"I learned to have confidence in what I've done and feel happy that I'm ready to start pitching my sample translations. I also picked up a few tips on publishers who might be interested in my project and grants available."

Multilingual Prose workshop attendee, 2017

"It has inspired me to keep going and pursue a career in the field, to have the confidence to believe in my own writing."

German workshop attendee, 2016

"Wonderful to meet so many translators and feel part of a community"

Multilingual Prose workshop attendee, 2016.

"The workshops themselves were fantastic, but it was these unrepeatable chances to chat and hang out with like-minded aspiring linguists over breakfast, coffee, dinner and drinks, that made the Summer School such a valuable experience."

Daniel Bradley, Japanese workshop attendee, 2013.

"I attended the BCLT Summer School as a participant in 2006.....It was a life-changing experience....Many of the people I met that week later helped me to get work, and vice versa."

Katy Derbyshire, German workshop attendee, 2006 - German workshop leader 2012 onwards.