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2018 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation - now open for submissions

The University of Warwick is pleased to announce that the submission period for the 2018 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation is now open.

Inaugurated in 2017, the prize is awarded to the best eligible work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, work of fiction for children or young adults, or graphic novel, written by a woman, translated into English by a female or male translator, and published by a UK or Irish publisher.

The £1,000 prize is divided between the writer and her translator(s), with each contributor receiving an equal share.

Submissions are open until Tuesday 26 June, 2018, with the prize set to be awarded at an evening event held at the Warwick Arts Centre on Tuesday 13 November, 2018.

The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation aims to address the gender imbalance in translated literature and increase the number of international women’s voices accessible by a British and Irish readership.

The 2017 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation was awarded to Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada, translated from German by American translator Susan Bernofsky.

Commenting on the 2018 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation Dr Chantal Wright, the prize’s coordinator and Associate Professor in the University of Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary studies said:

“The prize has already had tremendous effects in terms of awareness-raising around the issue of the under-representation of female authors in translation. We’re very much hoping for an increase this year on the 58 entries we received in 2017 and look forward to seeing which women authors have been made available in English by British and Irish publishers over the last twelve months.”

For full details of eligibility and how to enter, please go to:

For further information, please contact Tom Frew in the university press office at or Chantal Wright at





5:30-7pm, R3.41 Ramphal

Professor Stephen Collis will discuss the role poetry has played in his environmental activism, specifically in resistance to Canadian tar sands mining, extraction and transport, and alongside members of the Critical Environments group will lead a workshop on writing and activism.

(In the same time slot, Dr. Patrick Barron will lead a seminar on translation with MA in Literary Translation students. For more information, please contact Dr. Chantal Wright.)



1:30-2:30pm, Writers Room, Millburn House

Professors Stephen Collis and Patrick Barron will give a reading (of original poetry, prose, and translation) and discuss their creative work.


4-6pm, R2.41 Ramphal

Professors Stephen Collis and Patrick Barron will briefly present creative and critical work around landscapes of the Anthropocene—threatened, enclosed, abandoned, occupied, reclaimed, irrevocably humanized more-than-human commons—and lead a discussion about the new kinds of solidarity and resources called forth in and through environmental writing in a time of accelerated climate change and intensified pressure on the planetary commons. Professors Collis and Barron have provided the following texts for participants to read in advance of the seminar, though this reading is not required for participation.

Stephen Collis: "Manifesto of the Biotariat," "Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands"
Patrick Barron: An Assemblage of Passages by Gianni Celati; from Verso la foce (Towards the River’s Mouth), by Gianni Celati; from Paesaggio Italiano



Stephen Collis’s many books of poetry include The Commons (Talon Books 2008; 2014), On the Material (Talon Books 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), DECOMP (with Jordan Scott—Coach House 2013), and Once in Blockadia (Talon Books 2016—nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature). He has also written two books of literary criticism, on poets Susan Howe and Phyllis Webb, a book of essays on the Occupy Movement, and a novel. Almost Islands is a forthcoming memoir, and a long poem, Sketch of a Poem I Will Not Have Written, is in progress. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University.

Patrick Barron is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, where he co-directs the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and teaches courses in environmental literature, translation studies, and poetry. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Program, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale (Routledge); Haiku for a Season, Haiku per una stagione, by Andrea Zanzotto (Chicago); The Selected Poetry and Prose of Andrea Zanzotto (Chicago); and Italian Environmental Literature: An Anthology (Italica). A critical edition of Gianni Celati's Towards the River's Mouth (Lexington) is forthcoming in 2019.

For further INFORMATION about any of these events, please contact Dr. Jonathan Skinner:

Fri 27 April 2018, 14:45 | Tags: Writing Programme, Public Event, English

University Awards 2018 - Warwick Research Collective (WReC)

Congratulations to the Warwick Research Collective (WReC) who have been nominated for the Research Contribution Award

For more information regarding this research team see here.

Good luck with the nomination!

Thu 19 April 2018, 17:32 | Tags: Prizes, awards, long / shortlist, Staff, Research, English

Prof Stephen Shapiro - Frontline #1: The Power of Direct Action + The Legacy of ACT UP

Prof Stephen Shapiro will be on a public panel for this event - Frontline #1: The Power of Direct Action + The Legacy of ACT UP

Full details can be found in the following link:


Mon 09 April 2018, 14:19 | Tags: Public Event, Media

Research & Thinking about Rhetoric conference to honour Peter Mack

On 8th June 2018 there will be a one-day conference in honour of the retirement of Professor Peter Mack, presenting new research on medieval and renaissance rhetorical theory and practice.

Speakers will include:

Professor Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania

Dr Karin Margareta Fredborg, Institut du Moyen-Âge Grec et Latin, Copenhagen

Professor Lawrence D. Green, University of Southern California

Professor Dr C. G. Meerhoff, University of Amsterdam

Dr Katie Reid, Warburg Institute, University of London

Professor Jennifer Richards, University of Newcastle

Professor Marjorie Curry Woods, University of Texas, Austin

The conference will include a buffet lunch for all participants and a wine reception at the close.

An online registration form is available on the English Department website : The registration form will close on 23rd May 2018. For any enquiries, please contact Christiania Whitehead :

Please see the Programme for further details of the day.

The conference is organised and financially supported by the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, the Humanities Research Centre, and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick

Thu 08 March 2018, 10:35 | Tags: Conference, English

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