Bristol Translates

Literary Translation Summer School 

5–8 July 2021

Aimed at practising translators at any stage of their career and at language enthusiasts who want to explore the world of literary translation, Bristol Translates offers the opportunity to work with leading professional translators to translate texts across the literary genres into English. 

Due to the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic, the 2021 course will be entirely online, comprising morning and afternoon workshops using a variety of texts including fiction and non-fiction. 

There will be three full days of translation workshops, and day four will be devoted to professional and networking sessions and includes discussion panels with editors and publishers and a practical talk on how to write a reader’s report. A highlight will be a presentation of Comma Press’s translation book list and business model, together with a translation competition offer. The winning entrant(s) will be offered a publication opportunity with Comma. 

We are delighted that the keynote lecture will be given by renowned poet and translator George Szirtes on ‘The Poet as Translator of Poetry and Fiction: or How to Mind One’s Own and Other People’s Business’, with respondent Amanda Hopkinson.

For details of all events and timings, please see the provisional programme. Please note that all times given are according to British Summer Time.

Groups will be limited to a maximum of 12 students.


Since the workshops are all into English, it is essential that all applicants to the course have excellent command of English (mother-tongue level or language of habitual use) and superior proficiency in their source language. Note that for Japanese, applicants should have at least Level 1 or 2 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

The final deadline for applications is 14 May 2021. Note, however, that workshops are filling up quickly, so do apply early if you can.

Note: The application period for 2021 has ended. Thank you for your interest in Bristol Translates. Stay tuned for information on 2022.

Fees and Scholarships 

  • Full fee: £285 
  • Early-bird fee prior to 31 March: £255
  • Current University of Bristol student: £225 (10 places)

The fee includes attendance at the workshops and admission to talks and panel sessions.

Two full scholarships are available for the Bristol Translates Summer School, which will cover the full cost of fees on the programme (£285). To be eligible for the Bristol Translates Summer School scholarship, you must:

  • Be either a refugee/asylum seeker or a person on low-income (less than GBP 17,040 gross)
  • Have applied (by 31 March 2021) for a place on the Bristol Translates Summer School
  • Be a resident in the UK

To ensure fair distribution of the available funding, applications will be assessed by a panel including the two Directors of the Bristol Translates Summer School and the Academic Lead.

Information provided in the Applicant’s personal statement will be used to select recipients of the scholarship. The decision will be based on evidence of:

  • The Applicant’s motivation and commitment
  • The anticipated benefits to the Applicant of participating in the Summer School
  • The Applicant’s intentions and plans for a career in translation

Note 1: We are pleased to announce that we have been able to make a further four bursaries available as part of the same scheme (12 February 2021).

For more information please read the full T&Cs

Note 2: The application period for 2021 has ended. Thank you for your interest in Bristol Translates. Stay tuned for information on 2022.

If you have any queries please contact

Amanda Hopkinson
Ros Schwartz
Academic Lead 
Christophe Fricker 
Holly Langstaff 
Katie Black
Arabic - Jonathan Wright
Catalan - Peter Bush
Chinese - Nicky Harman
Chinese - Jack Hargreaves
Czech - Gerald Turner
French - Sarah Ardizzone
French - Sophie Lewis
French - Ros Schwartz
German - Jamie Bulloch
German - Jen Calleja
German - Ruth Martin 
Italian - Howard Curtis
Italian - Tim Parks
Japanese - Angus Turvill
Portuguese - Daniel Hahn
Russian - Robert Chandler
Russian - Anna Gunin
Russian - Oliver Ready
Spanish - Nick Caistor
Spanish - Rosalind Harvey
Spanish - Sophie Hughes

George Szirtes
Will Forrester
Adam Freudenheim
Katharina Bielenberg
Christophe Fricker
Lilidh Kendrick
Barbara Schwepcke
Sarah Cleave
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