Who wants to laze on a beach when you could spend your summer working on your literary translation skills? And this year there are two different summer schools on offer.
The first is in London at Birkbeck College from 9-13 July and costs £400 or £250 for students. There are courses for English native speakers working out of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian
and Spanish – and an editing skills course for all. There will also be
games, a competition, the opportunity to meet publishers, and guest
lectures and discussions. Bursaries are available. There's also an online programme for free, which looks very interesting. The German group will be led by the heavyweight translator Shaun "Big Daddy" Whiteside, who is a top geezer. All under the very catchy title of Use Your Language, Use Your English.
The other course is at the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, from 22-27 July. Workshops are run on translating from Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian and Spanish, in this case working with a writer-in-residence. Plus plenary sessions, readings, discussions and editing sessions with visiting publishers. The week costs £500 including accommodation and lavish amounts of food, or £150 for tuition and lunch only. The German writer-in-residence will be Nino Haratischwili and the workshop leader will be me.