BCLT is a research centre in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

Through the BCLT Research Group, the Centre serves as the focus for literary translation research within the School and beyond, by academic staff and research postgraduates. BCLT hosts regular research events such as research seminars, book launch symposia and more substantial conferences, including a biannual Postgraduate Translation Symposium. We also partner with other research organisations across the UK and overseas on research projects such as the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative project “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community”.

If you would like to work with BCLT as a partner on a research project, or are interested in applying to UEA for postgraduate research, please get in touch.

Translators in residence

 

BCLT's Translator in Residence scheme

 

Our translators in residence spend 4 months working with the centre. They spend one day per week on a specific project that they introduce in their application. They also work with UEA students, the wider academic community and the public.

The inaugural BCLT Translators in Residence were Olivia Hellwell and William Gregory (October 2020-January 2021). 

"Very early on Olivia, William and I decided to hold online fortnightly meetings, perhaps to make up for the fact we couldn't meet in person, over a cup of coffee, at the BCLT Library. It may have been this virtual space that prompted us to think of the residency as a space for reflection, about literary translation needing a more 'robust space' and the way we could make this happen.

During the residencies, a question about whether a 'network' existed for 'less translated languages' became an actual network, and the practice of translation, accompanied by reflection, became the backbone of a presentation at the BCLT Research Seminar Series. These are just two small examples of what the scheme made possible and I look forward to what future residencies may offer."

BCLT's Cecilia Rossi

"My time as Translator in Residence granted me space to think creatively about connections between my translation work and my research; it offered a platform from which to hold conversations and to build working partnerships, and most importantly, I think, it carved out a regular, financially supported portion of time which I could dedicate to doing the thing I love to do the most: translating."

Olivia Hellwell

"It is wonderful news that, following my and Olivia's time as the inaugural Translators in Residence, the BCLT has confirmed that the programme will continue in to 2021-22. I cannot recommend this opportunity highly enough and I urge all fellow translators, however you came into literary translation, to consider applying."

William Gregory

Whilst at BCLT, Olivia gave a research seminar on Supply-Driven Translation and Less-Translated Languages. We also held a book launch to celebrate the publication of Olivia's translation of The Fig Tree by Goran Vojnović. William gave a research seminar on Whose Voice? Translating the plays of Bosco Cayo. William also recorded a podcast with Sue Healy for the National Centre for Writing - Theatre in Translation: what next?

Olivia and William met regularly with BCLT's Cecilia Rossi to discuss questions surrounding literary translation. These discussions resulted in collaborative blog posts that can be viewed on the NewWriting.net website.

We will be announcing the next round of applications for the translator in residence scheme (February 2022 - May 2022) soon.

Conferences

 

Eco-Translation: Responding to the Work of Michael Cronin

Friday 14-Saturday 15 May 2021 (online)

This two-day online conference focused on the work of the influential Irish translation theorist Michael Cronin. Leading UK and international scholars of translation, eco-criticism and environmental studies addressed issues highlighted in Cronin’s recent work, in particular Eco-Translation: Translation and Ecology in the Age of the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017). Cronin’s book explores the challenges to translation posed by human-induced environmental change, with topics ranging from the translation of travel literature to endangered languages and inter-species communication. 

The conference was co-organised by the British Centre for Literary Translation and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at UEA.

Publishing in Translation

A day-conference at BCLT with panel events, workshops and networking bringing together publishers, literary translators and researchers

Saturday 30 November 2019, 10.30am-4.30pm, Thomas Paine Study Centre, UEA

Publishing in translation - find out more

Literary Translation Workshops: Bridging Communities Affected by Past Conflicts

Friday 23 November 2018, National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, Norwich

Venuti and After: A day-conference at BCLT on the work of Lawrence Venuti and its impact on Translation Studies

Friday 11 May 2018, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Innovation & Experimentalism in Translation and Translation Theory

18 - 19 November 2017, University of East Anglia, Norwich

The 7th Biennial Postgraduate Translation Symposium focused on innovative or experimental developments in literary translation practices, in translation theory, across the history of translation and in the practical applications of translation. We pondered both new critical developments, and new creative opportunities. It considered the challenges, and explored whether innovation has its limits. It also considered where innovation and experimentalism may lead the future of Translation Studies.

Keynote speakers: Dr Rocío Baños Piñero, UCL; Professor Catherine Boyle, KCL; Professor Tom Cheesman, Swansea; Clive Scott, Emeritus Professor, UEA.

The symposium was generously supported by: The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UEA; the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership; the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT).

Shakespeare in Translation

10 - 11 December 2016, University of East Anglia, Norwich

In collaboration with the British Council, Globe Education and Writers' Centre Norwich.

A conference that brought together translators, academics and theatre practitioners from the UK and overseas to discuss Shakespeare in translation and his international reception. This was the final event in the British Council’s 2016 programme “A Great Feast of Languages”, which marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It featured three translation workshop sessions, six short presentations on aspects of Shakespeare in translation, and recorded perfomances of new translations produced by participants in international translation workshops held in Cologne, Mexico City and Singapore.

Dalit Literature And/In Translation

29 - 30 June 2015 at the University of East Anglia

The Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK, in collaboration with the research centre EMMA at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, created an international academic network to enable a multi-disciplinary dialogue on Indian literature produced by Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables) by hosting a series of workshops and conferences on the production, translation, dissemination and analysis of Dalit literature.

As part of this network, BCLT hosted a conference at the University of East Anglia in June 2015.

Watch part one

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Literary Translation: Redrawing the Boundaries

Thursday 4 December 2014, University of East Anglia

A round table to celebrate the publication of Literary Translation: Redrawing the Boundaries (Palgrave Macmillan) edited by Jean Boase-Beier, Antoinette Fawcett and Philip Wilson.

Literary Translation: Redrawing the Boundaries is a collection of articles that gathers together current work in literary translation to show how research in the field can speak to other disciplines whilst simultaneously learning from them.

Contributors included  BJ Epstein, Duncan Large, Clive Scott and George Szirtes.

The BCLT Research Group

 

The BCLT Research Group originally came together in 1993, when Jean Boase-Beier established UEA’s MA in Literary Translation with Professors W.G. Sebald, Clive Scott and Janet Garton.

Its ethos was to combine research with the writing of translations. Current members are Duncan Large, Cecilia Rossi, Thomas Boll, Jo Catling, Philip WIlson, Veronika Bowker, Eugenia Loffredo, Eugenia Kelbert Rudan, Hannah Osborne, Kotryna Garanasvili and Sophie Stevens.

BCLT Research Group members lecture, write and offer workshops on a range of literary translation topics. They also run a PhD programme, from which around 70 students have graduated. TRG members have received grants and awards for their translations and research.

Literary Translation in the School of Literature, Drama & Creative Writing at UEA

Translation plays an important role in the creation of literary texts and it is central to our understanding of them. In the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, translation is at the heart of our concern with foreign works, whether in the plays of Racine, the poetry of Virgil, the fiction of Sebald, or the philosophy of Descartes.

If you are interested in foreign literature, you may choose to study modules in other literatures as part of your undergraduate degree programme in English Literature, for example modules such as European Literature, Reading Translations, or Latin American Narratives, thus broadening your understanding of foreign writing, its influences on English literature and the role played by translation in reading, writing and creativity. Many of our modules, such as Medieval Arthurian Traditions, are of particular interest to students who want to address issues of translation across languages, cultures or traditions.

At postgraduate level, we offer the MA in Literary Translation for those who wish to become (or already are) practising translators, as well as for students who would eventually like to pursue further study at PhD level. Taking the MA in Literary Translation will help you broaden your understanding of foreign literatures and cultures and  add further skills and knowledge to a degree in a subject such as Modern Languages, English Literature or Linguistics. MA students work on the publication of our in-house journal, Norwich Papers, each year. The journal is entirely edited and marketed by the students, and is highly regarded for its variety and rigour.

We have a large number of PhD students working on topics as varied as the translation of Russian poetry, postcolonialism and African writing, and the translation of writers who write in their second language. The PhD students in translation hold a symposium here at UEA which attracts internationally-recognised scholars as well as postgraduates from various countries.

Impact

 

As an academic research centre with a mission to support the literary translation profession, BCLT is in a unique position.

Working in close partnership with the National Centre for Writing and other key impact partners, we take pride in capitalising on our academic research to benefit the wider community.

In particular, we draw on the insights from our research in designing our programme of activities that contribute to the continuing professional development of translators.

Online journals

 

Transference

Transference is a literary journal published by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.

Dedicated to the celebration of poetry in translation, it publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, classical Greek, Latin, and Japanese into English verse. They feature translations as well as commentaries on the art and process of translating.

Transference - learn more and submit online

Translation Studies

Translation Studies explores promising lines of work within the discipline of Translation Studies, placing a special emphasis on existing connections with neighbouring disciplines and the creation of new links.

Translation Studies aims to extend the methodologies, areas of interest and conceptual frameworks inside the discipline, while testing the traditional boundaries of the notion of “translation” and offering a forum for debate focusing on historical, social, institutional and cultural facets of translation.

Read issues of translation Studies online

The Creative Literary Studio

Join the 'studio' where issues about  text making are discussed, theorised and put into practice.

Readers are encouraged to contribute their experimental and creative translations for publication on the blog. The Creative Literary Studio blog is run by Eugenia Loffredo and Manuela Perteghella.

A blog on creative translation and text making 

The Iowa Review: Forum on Literature and Translation

A forum on literature and translation