The art of literary translation is at the heart of World Literature Weekend. This will be marked in the 2011 festival through a programme of workshops led by a team of Britain’s most distinguished literary translators. This half-day workshop led by Peter Bush focuses on the Spanish language and will be structured around close work on texts sent in advance to participants. Discussion will centre on the differences in approach evident in variant translations of the same texts. Participants should have a good working knowledge of the language and will be invited to prepare their own translations of the texts under discussion. Peter Bush is an award-winning literary translator who now lives in Barcelona. Previously he was Professor of Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, where he directed the British Centre for Literary Translation and was founding editor of the literary translators’ journal, In Other Words. His recent translations from Spanish include Níjar Country, and Exiled From Almost Everywhere by Juan Goytisolo, and Celestina by Fernando de Rojas; from Catalan A Shortcut to Paradise by Teresa Solana, The Last Patriarch by Najat El Hachmi and Quim Monzó’s Guadalajara. He recently completed Tirano Banderas by Ramón del Valle-Inclán, the classic novel on the theme of dictatorship in Latin America, Sketches of Spain by Federico García Lorca and L’Éloge de l’Amour, a philosophical dialogue between Alain Badiou and Nicolas Truong. He is now working on first drafts of the modern Catalan classics, Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook and Joan Sales’ Uncertain Glory. Workshop fee £65 (£40 concessions). To book two workshops at the discounted prices of £110 (£70 concessions) please call Claire Williams on 020 7269 9030. (FlossieT)
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