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Warwick Translates Summer School

Warwick Translates Summer School

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In light of the public health crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Warwick Translates Summer School 2020.


Following the success of the inaugural Warwick Translates in 2019, we are delighted to announce that the summer school will be returning in 2020. For a review of Warwick Translates 2019 by two of our participants, see this report from the ITI Bulletin. You can also browse through our feedback.

Aimed at practising translators at any stage of their career and at language enthusiasts who want to explore the world of literary translation, Warwick Translates offers the opportunity to work with leading professional translators to translate texts across the literary genres into English. Groups are limited to allow for individual attention and places are allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

The course will be taught in morning and afternoon workshops using a variety of texts including fiction and non-fiction. Attendees can choose to work in one language or to split their time by attending morning workshops in one language and afternoon workshops in another language.

Lunchtime events include panels with Warwick Translates directors and a presentation/competition announcement by Comma Press. Evening events include a welcome reception and a keynote lecture by renowned poet and translator George Szirtes, ‘The Poet as Translator of Poetry and Fiction: or How to Mind One’s Own and Other People’s Business’. There will be an optional excursion to Stratford to discuss theatre translation with Daniel Hahn before attending a performance of Europeana at The Swan Theatre or The Winter's Tale at the RSC Stratford.

For details of all events and timings, please see the provisional programme.

Fees and early bird discounts

Residential: £865 or £765 early bird

Residential fee includes tuition, breakfasts, two-course lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments, two-course dinners, lunchtime and evening events, and four nights' campus accommodation. Residents have access to free swim and use of the gym in Warwick’s fantastic new Sports Hub. Register before 17 April 2020 to take advantage of the early bird rate.

Please note that the number of bedrooms on campus is limited and the residential fee is offered only while rooms are available: if you wish to stay on campus you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Non-residential: £635 or £585 early bird

Non-residential fee includes tuition, two-course lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunchtime and evening events. Participants opting for the non-residential fee should organise their own accommodation. Please refer to the accommodation page for details of suitable reasonably priced accommodation nearby. Register before 17 April 2020 to take advantage of the early bird rate.


In 2020 we are offering 13 bursaries:

  • 1 x residential bursary (£765) open to Black, Asian, and minority ethnic applicants based in the UK.
  • 1 x residential bursary (£765) open to applicants on a low income (applicants should be in receipt of one of the following: Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit; Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Adult Dependents’ Grant, or increased student maintenance loan from the UK Government as part of their student support package).
  • 11 x bursaries of £300 to contribute to the cost of the residential or non-residential registration fee.

Those awarded bursaries will be notified by 1 April 2020. Recipients of the £300 bursary are required to pay the registration fee in full (minus the bursary amount) by 17 April 2020. These bursaries will be offered to other applicants if the payment is not received by this date.

To apply for a bursary please email Dr Holly Langstaff at You can apply for a bursary before or after making the registration payment. The deadline for bursary applications is 26 March 2020. Your email should be no longer than 400 words and should outline:

  • which of the 3 bursaries you are applying for (if applying for one of the two residential bursaries please confirm that you meet specified criteria; please also confirm if you wish to be considered for a £300 bursary if your application for a residential bursary is unsuccessful);
  • which language stream(s) you intend to follow at the summer school;
  • current status and relevant experience working in and/or studying translation;
  • how you would benefit from the summer school;
  • the contribution you would bring to the summer school.


There are no formal entry requirements to take part in the course, except the language requirement detailed below.

English Requirements

As the workshops are all into English, it is essential that all applicants to the course have excellent command of English. If English is not your language of habitual use you will be sent a short passage to translate before your place at Warwick Translates is confirmed. We reserve the right to issue a refund to anyone who does not meet the English-language requirements of the summer school.

Please email smlc dot summer dot school at warwick dot ac dot uk to request this passage, specifying what language workshop(s) you would like to attend.

Warwick Campus

Warwick Translates Summer School

University of Warwick

8—12 July 2020

10am - 4.30pm daily plus evening events


Arabic – Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
Catalan – Peter Bush
Chinese – Nicky Harman
French – Ros Schwartz
German – Ruth Martin
Japanese – Angus Turvill
Polish – Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Russian – Robert Chandler
Spanish – Rosalind Harvey
View tutors’ biographies

Contact us

Please email the Summer School co-ordinator Dr Holly Langstaff with any questions