Use your language, Use your English – Summer School 2013

Booking for the 2013 translation summer school now open


Following the great success of their last two Summer Schools, Birkbeck have announced the third, expanded Summer School 2013. This five-day event will take place at Birkbeck,University of London in central Bloomsbury on 22-26 July 2013.

It comprises courses in translation into English from Chinese, French academic, French literary, German academic, German literary, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish – each class subject to a minimum group-size of five students – and, for the first time this year, a full course in Editing; plus additional editing skills classes for all. There will also be games, a competition, meet-the-publishers, and guest lectures and workshops. Videos showing extracts from earlier events can be found on the website.

Basic accommodation is available in the Bloomsbury area,  on a first-come-first-served basis. Further information on this accommodation can be requested at the following address: To obtain one of these rooms, make sure you tick the box on the online booking form and add £210 to your payment.

Summer School fees: Full fee: £450; student fee: £300. Bursaries available: deadline 26 April 2013.

The online booking form is now open

‘The Summer School exceeded my expectations. All classes, workshops & talks were engaging & interesting, and really helped me to reconsider translation methods’.

‘[The best thing was] having the chance to gain insight into how others approach translation and to discuss ideas & techniques with other people who are as enthusiastic about languages as I am’.

‘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’.

The Summer School project was established by Professor Naomi Segal (Birkbeck, University of London), Professor Debra Kelly (University of Westminster), and Ros Schwartz, professional translator and member of the Translators Association of the Society of Authors. In November 2012, Prof Amanda Hopkinson of City University joined the team.

The Course is run by Birkbeck, The Society of Authors and City University London.

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