Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation

Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation bring 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)

Next Encounters

Clemens Meyer and Katy Derbyshire
Thursday, 11 May 2017, at 6.30 pm
at the University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Born in 1977 in Halle, Clemens Meyer attended the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. Having worked as a security guard, forklift driver and construction worker, he published his first book, Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming) in 2006, in which he depicts a group of friends growing up and going off the rails after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Awarded the Rheingau Literatur Preis, the book was adapted for the screen by Andreas Dresen in 2015. His next publication, a short story collection entitled Die Nacht, die Lichter (2008), won the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and was translated by Katy Derbyshire (And Other Stories, 2011). His next book, Gewalten (Acts of Violence) is a diary of 2009, told in eleven stories. His 2013 novel, Im Stein, has been translated by Katy Derbyshire (Bricks and Mortar).

Katy Derbyshire studied German at Birmingham University and went on to obtain a Diploma in Translation from the University of London. She moved to Berlin in 1996, teaching English to children, and since 2002 has been working as a freelance translator. In 2008 she founded the blog love german books. Her translations include: The King of China (Tilmann Ramstedt's Der Kaiser von China, 2013), Inke Parei's Was Dunkelheit war (What Darkness Was, 2013) and Die Schattenboxerin (The Shadowboxing Girl, 2011), Clemens Meyer’s Die Nacht, die Lichter (All the Lights, 2008) and Im Stein (Bricks and Mortar, 2014) for which she was nominated for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

This event is sponsored by the Keith Spalding Bequest Fund

All welcome.

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