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Language Station Workshop

This workshop will comprise intralingual and intersemiotic translation activities so participants can explore the approaches and considerations of a literary translator - and how these are also useful for writers - in experimental, accessible and enjoyable ways. No knowledge of languages other than English required.

The structure of the workshop will be:

Introduction by Caroline Bergvall 

Presentation of Canadian poet Erín Moure's radical translations of Galician poets: Harriet Cook, PhD candidate & Sonic Atlas intern

Translation workshop led by Jen Calleja, inaugural British Library translator in residence 2017-18

Open discussion to close led by Caroline Bergvall

Jen Calleja: is a writer, literary translator from German, and musician. Her poetry collection Serious Justice (2016) is published by Test Centre and she has a collection of short fiction forthcoming. She has translated full-length works by Marion Poschmann, Wim Wenders, Kerstin Hensel, Michelle Steinbeck and Gregor Hens, among others, and was recently shortlisted for both the Man Booker International Prize and the Schlegel-Tieck Prize. Jen was the inaugural Translator in Residence at the British Library and has taught creative translation workshops for the British Library and The Poetry School, as well as exploring literary translation through performances and guest talks at the British Library, the Wellcome Collection and Tate Modern.

SONIC ATLAS: At the heart of SONIC ATLAS is the process of revitalizing connections between languages active in Europe through Language Stations, informal translation and discussion exchanges. Bringing together “language workers”, “language traffickers”, the informal network brings to the fore the all-important role of energising values of collaboration and friendship across borders and the relevance of poetic work and practice-led research for the renewal of translinguistic contact. Research into old endangered European languages as well as minoritarian languages spoken by recently settled communities are introduced into the project through recordings. 

This is a Language Acts and Worldmaking Small Grants event. This workshop is open to current King's languages students only and spaces are extremely limited (max 20), please sign up by emailing harriet.cook@kcl.ac.ukFor the public Language Station evening event happening 21 June, see here.