Translating Literature: Poetry and Prose

Fri 18 May - Sun 20 May 2018
Tutors / Menna Elfyn & Owen Martell
Course Fee / From £220 - £295 per person
Genres / Creative WritingFictionNon-FictionPoetryShort StoriesTranslation
Language / Bilingual

Translating is finding new friends with whom to engage in conversation a famous poet said once. “A poem in translation is like kissing through a handkerchief” said R S Thomas. This course will discuss the various ways in which poetry and prose can be translated. Perhaps you’ve made a start, and want another opinion on your progress, or you might want to dip a toe in the water for the first time. Translating literature is full of opportunities for artists venturing into the world of languages. On this course, you’ll have good company and kind guidance, in a place that always inspires creative writing. The tutors are fluent in Welsh, English, and French – but you may experiment in any language you wish – the technical guidance will be the same.


Menna Elfyn

Menna Elfyn is a poet and playwright. She has published 14 collections of poetry, the most recent of which is her bilingual collection, Bondo (Bloodaxe Books, 2017). She published a biography on the poet Eluned Phillips: Optimist Absoliwt in 2016, and Murmur in 2012, which was selected as the first ever Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation for Welsh poetry in English translation. Her work has been translated into 20 languages, and two translations into Arabic and Catalan are imminent. She is Professor of Creative Writing at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

Owen Martell

Owen Martell is the author of three novels and a short story collection. His novel, Cadw dy ffydd, brawd (Gomer, 2000), written whilst a student at Aberystwyth, won Wales Book of the Year 2001. His second Dyn yr Eiliad (Gomer, 2003), was shortlisted for the same prize in 2004. His translation of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life, Ceisio’i Bywyd Hi, was performed by Sherman Cymru Theatre in Cardiff in 2009. His latest novel, Intermission, was one of the Irish Times’ books of the year in 2013 and was translated into French, German and Spanish. Owen is co-editor of O’r Pedwar Gwynt, a Welsh-language literary magazine. He shared his time between Wales and Paris.

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