Translate in the City  Short Courses

City University's prestigious literary translation summer school will take place on our central London campus from June 26th to 30th 2017. Applications will open soon, in the mean time, you may want to take a look at last year's details.

Translate in the City is the third literary translation summer school to be held at City. It offers the opportunity to translate texts across the literary genres into English, working with leading professional translators. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 20 students to allow for individual attention, and places will be allocated on a strictly "first come, first served" basis.

The course will be taught in an all-day workshop environment using a variety of texts including non-fiction (essays, journalism, academic) and fiction (poetry, fantasy, children's literature and crime writing etc.) There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with publishers, agents, City staff and one another. Daily evening events will include a French Translation Slam, a Keynote Lecture by literary translator and editor (of the quarterly Modern Poetry in Translation) Sasha Dugdale, on Poetry, Birdsong and Translation and a Publishers’ Panel with Nick Sheerin (Profile Books), Emily Boyce (Gallic Books), Mark Richards (John Murray) and Sophie Lewis (And Other Stories). The Language Officer of the European Commission Representation in the UK will also give a seminar on the opportunities for translators in the EU.


The cost of £490 includes all tuition on the course and light refreshments twice a day, as well as a sandwich lunch. Accommodation is however not included, please refer to the Accommodation page for details of suitable reasonably priced accommodation near the City.


10 bursaries of £100 each are offered to applicants across all languages. For the second year, the Italian publisher Mondadori will provide 5 extra bursaries of £100 each for participants joining the Italian workshop. For the first time, bursaries will also be available for Catalan. These will be awarded at the sole discretion of the SS15 directors.

A discount of 20% is offered to all City, University of London students.

A reduction for group bookings is also available with a £50 discount per student when three or more participants book together.

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

Tutor Info

  • Polish - Antonia Lloyd-Jones
  • Portuguese -  Margaret Jull Costa OBE
  • Chinese - Nicky Harman
  • Russian - Robert Chandler
  • Japanese - Angus Turvill
  • French - Ros Schwartz, Trista Selous and Louise Rogers Lalaurie
  • Italian - Shaun Whiteside
  • Spanish - Nick Caistor and Rosalind Harvey
  • German - Ruth Urbom
  • Arabic - Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
  • Catalan - Peter Bush
View detailed biographies of the tutors of Translate in the City.


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 are English native speaker level.

Application Deadline: