Literary Translation Summer School, Online Lessons, Exams, Database

School of Arts Birkbeck, University of London

Here is information on four activities in 2012, three of which are new.

Use your language, Use your English Summer School 2012

Following the great success of last year’s Summer School, we are delighted to announce the expanded Summer School 2012. This five-day event will take place at Birkbeck University of London (43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD) on 9-13 July 2012. It comprises courses in translation into English from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish – each language subject to a minimum group-size of five students – and an editing skills course for all. There will also be games, a competition, meet-the-publishers, and guest lectures and workshops.

Full fee: £400; student fee: £250. Bursaries available. Online booking will open on the website in February 2012.

Extracts from the feedback on last year’s Summer School:

‘Thank you so much for a brilliant course. It was wonderful to meet so many inspiring people, both staff & students alike. I felt really privileged to be working with “la crème de la crème” of the translation world.’

‘It gave me confidence & showed me that translation as a career is a feasible option. It also illustrated the wide variety of options open to people with language skills.’

‘I enjoyed everything! It was amazing being able to experience two tutors of translation with their differing styles; being able to prioritise the techniques in two different languages, plus attending all the fascinating talks. The “fun” bits were great too, ie the translation slam & game.’

NB The Summer School is running shortly before the Olympics. Russell Square & environs is a designated area for the press and media (see http://www.london2012.com/making-it-happen/planning-consultations/documents/london-2012-bloomsbury-boards.pdf ). You are therefore strongly urged both to book on the course and to arrange your accommodation as early as possible. There are many hotels in the area, and these are currently taking summer bookings; a list of suggestions is on the website (see http://www.bbk.ac.uk/european/about-us/use-your-language-use-your-english/accommodation-around-birkbeck).

However, both because of the Olympics & because last summer’s feedback included some requests for group accommodation, we have block-booked 30 single rooms in Commonwealth Hall, one of London University’s international student halls for the five nights 8-12 July inclusive, on a first-come-first-served basis. The rooms are fairly basic, ie bed, desk etc with no en-suite and you would share the bathroom & a basic pantry, but they include breakfast, and you can also get dinner in hall by booking on the day for £6 (see http://www.halls.london.ac.uk/visitor/garden/Default.aspx). Further information on this accommodation can be obtained from info.gardens@london.ac.uk. To obtain one of these rooms, make sure you tick the box on the online booking form and add £190 to your payment.

Use your language, Use your English online programme (free of charge)

This comprises seven courses in translation into English (from Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) and one course in editing. To register, email: useyourcontact@bbk.ac.uk

Use your language, Use your English Exams

From February 2012, you will be able to take an examination in any of our languages/editing; fee £250. Booking for this too will be online via the website.

Use your language, Use your English Database

From March 2012, if you have passed our exam, you will be able to enter yourself on our Database for Academic Translators & Editors which will be searched by anyone looking for an excellent Anglophone translator/editor.

With best wishes, and hoping to see you soon,

Naomi Segal

Prof Naomi Segal
Professorial Fellow in French & German Studies
European Cultures & Languages, School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, UK

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