Translate at City – Short Courses

Translate at City  Short Courses

Translate at City is the fourth literary translation summer school to be held at City, University of London. Organised in conjunction with the Translators Association of the Society of Authors, it offers the opportunity to translate texts across the literary genres into English, working with leading professional translators. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 15 students to allow for individual attention, and places will be allocated on a strictly “first come, first served” basis.

Mornings will be spent working on a piece of fiction on a continuous basis and the afternoons will be dedicated to translating short pieces in a variety of genres. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with publishers,  City staff and one another, particularly at our lunchtime and evening events, which include:

  • A French Translation Slam, with Ros Schwarz and Frank Wynne, chaired by Professor Amanda Hopkinson
  • A Keynote Lecture, Who Dares Wins, by Professor Gabriel Josipovici
  • Author and translator Daniel Hahn speaking on Translation and Children’s Books
  • Buffet supper at a local gastro pub sponsored by the European Commission following a talk from Paul Kaye, Language Officer at Europe House, London
  • The launch of a literary translation competition, open to all participants, sponsored by prize-winning Comma Press
  • Short lunchtime talks on topics related to developing your skills and getting published as a literary translator.


The cost of £520 includes a full programme of tuition; lunchtime and evening, events (see above); entry to a literary translation competition; morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch. Accommodation is however not included; please refer to the Accommodation page for details of suitable, reasonably priced accommodation near the City.

Course Information

Start Date Start Time Duration Cost Course Code Apply
Monday 26 June 2017 10:00am 5 days £520 TranslateCity Apply Now

Tutor Info

  • Arabic – Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
  • Chinese – Nicky Harman
  • French – Trista Selous and Frank Wynne
  • German – Shaun Whiteside
  • Italian – Howard Curtis
  • Japanese – Angus Turvill
  • Polish – Antonia Lloyd-Jones
  • Portuguese –  Daniel Hahn
  • Russian – Robert Chandler
  • Spanish – Peter Bush
  • Swedish – Keven Halliwell


There are no formal entry requirements to take part in the course: but all workshops trainslate into English, therefore it is essential that all applicants must have English at native speaker level.

Special Requirements

City University buildings are wheelchair accessible from certain entrances only. Please advise the course co-ordinator if you require further information regarding access and mobility.

All meals are served with vegetarian options. Vegan, gluten free, and other dietary combinations available on request.

The organisers reserve the right to cancel a workshop that does not recruit to the required minimum number of participants. Any applicants for these groups will be notified with a minimum of six weeks notice.


10 bursaries of £100 each are offered by City, University of London to applicants across all languages (contact the course co-ordinator, Dina Leifer for details). Bursaries can only be decided on when all applicantions are in and will be awarded as a £100 refund on fees paid.

A discount of 10% is offered to all City, University of London students.

We are grateful to Leeds University for arranging sponsorship for students in the Chinese workshop for the third year running. Two students have been awarded full bursaries to Translate at City as joint winners of the Writing Chinese 2017 translation competition.

A reduction for group bookings is also available with a £50 discount per student when three or more participants book together.