Translation Workshop: Herta Müller’s short prose and collages

Next month I’ll be leading a translation workshop on the works of Herta Müller in London, as part of a series of events on the Nobel-prize winning author including an academic conference, Herta Müller and the Currents of European History, at the IMLR on 21-22 Sept, and kicked off by Müller herself in conversation with her translator … More Translation Workshop: Herta Müller’s short prose and collages

New book on Herta Müller: introducing the Nobel prize winner

When Herta Müller won the Nobel Prize in Literature back in 2009 it’s fair to say that she was little known in the English-speaking world; only five of her books existed in English translation then, and The Times announced the award with the headline ‘Herta Müller – who she?’. Müller’s previous brush with English-language fame had … More New book on Herta Müller: introducing the Nobel prize winner

German grammar: it’s good for something… Or: the difficulties of gender in translation

German grammar has a bad press, but its complexity actually lends itself to a lot of flexibility in expression – particularly when you want to indicate gender. Using the definite articles die/der, noun suffixes (like -in) or gendered adjective endings are all rather simple ways to add the information that the person or thing in question is male or female. … More German grammar: it’s good for something… Or: the difficulties of gender in translation

Advent giveaway 2: an exclusive short story extract

Today is National Short Story day in the UK, and it’s also #translationthurs on Twitter, so it seems the ideal day for my second giveaway, this exclusive extract of Silke Scheuermann’s ‘The Handover’ (translated by me), from her collection Reiche Mädchen (Rich Girls, 2005). It might seem like a tease only to post an extract, … More Advent giveaway 2: an exclusive short story extract

Translation workshop with Carmen-Francesca Banciu

Last week I went down to Bristol to take part in a translation workshop with Carmen-Francesca Banciu, a Romanian-born author who writes in German. The workshop was the opening event of a conference organised by my lovely colleagues Debbie Pinfold and Sara Jones on ‘Remembering Dictatorship‘. Together with a group of students and translators from Bristol … More Translation workshop with Carmen-Francesca Banciu