19/06/2011: Arabic Literary Translation Workshop

World Literature Weekend 17-19 June 2011

Arabic Literary Translation Workshop with Prof Paul Starkey

Time and Date: 10.00 am, Sunday 19 June

Venue: London Review of Books offices

   28 Little Russell Street, WC1A 2HN

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The art of literary translation is at the heart of World Literature Weekend. This will be marked in the 2011 festival through six half-day workshops led by Britain’s most distinguished literary translators. The Arabic Workshop will be structured around close work on texts sent in advance to participants. Discussion will centre on the differences in approach evident in variant translations of the same texts. Participants should have a good working knowledge of the language and will be invited to prepare their own translations of the texts under discussion.

Paul Starkey is Professor of Arabic and Head of the Arabic Department at Durham University, England, and a Co-Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World. His research interests include Arabic literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, literary translation theory and practice, and travel to and from the Middle East. He is the author of Modern Arabic Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2006) and was co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature (Routledge, 1998). He is currently working on a study of the Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim. Paul teaches Arabic-English translation at Durham and has published English translations of Arabic novels by Rashid Al-Daif, Edwar al-Kharrat, Turki Al-Hamad, Mansoura Ez Eldin, and Mahdi Issa al-Saqr. He has also translated a number of short stories and novel excerpts which have appeared in Banipal and other international journals. He is currently working on a translation of the Palestinian author Adania Shibli’s second novel, We Are All Equally Far from Love, which is due to be published by Clockroot Books later in 2011.

Cost: £65 for one workshop.  To book a place, click here and scroll down 

To book two workshops at the discounted prices of £110 (£70 concessions) please call Claire Williams on 020 7269 9030


Published Date - 19/06/2011