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Literary translation: A creative writing masterclass

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Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM (GMT)

Literary translation: A creative writing masterclass

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Learn how to translate Spanish-language texts in this fast-track class with leading translator Thomas Bunstead.

If there was ever a time to be a literary translator, it is now. UK sales of translated fiction grew last year by 5.5%, while the Booker International Prize is as much a feature of the literary calendar as the Booker itself.

In this inspiring masterclass with Thomas Bunstead, you will learn not only how to translate Spanish-language texts but also what sets great literary translation apart. You will be shown ways of analysing the Spanish original, and then assessing the creative options at your disposal in English, gaining a real insight into the nitty-gritty of this art.

Thomas is one of the most celebrated translators of Spanish-language novels currently at work, and in his collaborative creative writing class with a twist, you will be shown how to harness your love of language by putting it into practice.

Take advantage of this multilingual moment and see your practice anew in a class that celebrates your skills as both reader and writer, and enables you to enjoy the beauty of languages and the ways they interact.

Course content

  • Foundational translation concepts

  • Understanding the contents of your translator toolbox

  • Getting to grips with the specific richness of your chosen languages

  • What sets great literary translators apart

About this course…

This course is very hands-on - after all, the best way to learn is by doing! You will participate in constructive group discussions and receive feedback on your work from the course tutor.

No experience of translation is necessary, but a good grasp of your chosen language is essential. Please do also bring along a laptop or tablet, if you can.

Who is this course for?

  • Emerging translators, students or graduates of university translation or language courses
  • Practising commercial translators interested in testing themselves on literary texts
  • Practising literary translators wanting a reboot
  • Absolutely anyone (with a good grasp of Spanish) with a curiosity for literary translation - or who is simply harbouring a passion for translated literature in general

Tutor profile

Thomas Bunstead has translated some of the leading Spanish-language writers working today, including Agustín Fernández Mallo, Maria Gainza and Enrique Vila-Matas, with work appearing in publications from The New York Times to Granta and VICE. His own writing has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Times Literary Supplement and The White Review, and his novel Semblance was shortlisted for the 2018 Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize. He has given translation events from Edinburgh to the London Review Bookshop to Xalapa in Mexico, and has taught languages, creative writing and translation to everyone from primary school to PhD students, fully fledged literary translators and retirees. He is an editor at the literary translation journal In Other Words.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM (GMT)

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Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

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