Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation

Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation brings together writers and their translators in front of an audience, providing a unique opportunity to experience author and translator reading from the text and in conversation, and allowing a fascinating insight into the working relationship between the two as well as the practical and theoretical aspects of translation. Translation competitions and workshops are organised from time to time to complement the conversations. The events provide an opportunity to engage with texts in German and in English and can be enjoyed by an audience with little or no knowledge of German as well as those competent in both languages.  

Encounters are held in London or Nottingham, are open to all wishing to attend and are usually free of charge. The events are run by the Institute of Modern Languages Research (University of London School of Advanced Study) in conjunction with the University of Nottingham.

Organisers: Dr Heike Bartel (Department of German Studies, University of Nottingham); Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR, London)

The Encounters series is sponsored by the Keith Spalding Trust (University of London, IMLR)

Next Encounters

Andrea Grill and Tess Lewis
London, 22 April 2020 - Venue tbc

This Encounter brings together Andrea Grill and Tess Lewis who will read and discuss extracts from Das Paradies des Doktor Caspari (2015) and Cherubino (2019).

Andrea Grill is a writer, evolutionary biologist, and translator from Albanian, Italian and Dutch. She is an award-winning author of novels, essays and poems and was able to successfully combine artistic and scientific modes of investigation in her book Schmetterlinge. Ein Portrait. Her latest novels Das Paradies des Doktor Caspari and Cherubino were published in 2015 and 2019.

Tess Lewis is a widely acclaimed translator from German and French, including works by Austrian authors Peter Handke, Alois Hotschnig, Julya Rabinowich, and Doron Rabinovici. Her translation of Maja Haderlap’s Angel of Oblivion, was awarded the 2017 PEN Translation Prize.

This Encounter is organised and sponsored by the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature & Culture

Participation free, but advance online booking recommended: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/21330

Andrea Grill and Tess Lewis
Author Andrea Grill and Translator Tess Lewis