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.

Bristol Translates summer school takes place entirely online, making it accessible to participants around the world. Workshop groups are limited to a maximum of 12 students. The programme features language-specific translation workshops as well as hands-on sessions about various aspects of today’s translation sector, industry talks and professional and networking sessions.

In addition to literary translators themselves, Bristol Translates speakers include publishers, agents, editors, researchers and writers. Participants have had the opportunity to pitch their project to decision-makers in publishing, and take part in exclusive competitions.

Bursaries are available for persons on a low income; these are normally for UK residents, but thanks to the generous support of the Charles Wallace India Trust, bursaries for residents of India have also been available.

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  • Ros Schwartz
  • Holly Langstaff

Academic Lead

  • Christophe Fricker


  • Maddie Rogers
  • Katie Black

We are grateful for our 2023 sponsors

This was the most fantastic, intensive, challenging and amazing week. Thank you very much!

Bristol Translates participant, 2023

Thank you for creating such a supportive, encouraging, inclusive and non-judgemental environment. This week has really boosted my confidence and I now feel that it is actually possible to pursue a career in translation (which I was doubting earlier this year). I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to join Bristol Translates 2023. Thank you again.

Bristol Translates participant, 2023

I have attended online conferences in the past and found it exhausting. Bristol Translates was different - the timing and structure was excellent and I never felt too exhausted or 'zoomed out'.

Bristol Translates participant, 2023

The quality of the teaching was superb - workshop leaders were brilliant at what they did and also friendly and encouraging. Lots of collaboration, laughter and finding joy in what we do, as well as exploring new and challenging types of translation.

Bristol Translates participant, 2023
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