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Do you miss your country?

Do you miss your country? If you do, even if you don’t want to go back, it doesn’t matter where you are, but you will understand Monika Szydłowska’s drawings, and you might want to join 13,000 others to see what

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Tutaj / here

“Granted, in daily speech, where we don’t stop to consider every word, we all use phrases like ‘the ordinary world,’ ‘ordinary life,’ ‘the ordinary course of events’ … But in the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing

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Women’s day: translations to last all year

It’s women’s day, and time to look for the women in translation once again, at the Free Word Centre and elsewhere. The statistics are shocking as ever. But there is plenty to read if you look. Rather than lamenting, just go out

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it’s friendship day: don’t miss the train…

In Finland, today is Friends’ Day (ystävänpäivä), and a much more inclusive feast than Valentine’s as it is often celebrated elsewhere. Today can simply be a chance to do something nice with or for a friend, and we need that: There’s

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Shakespeare 400: Sonnets in translation

Shakespeare died 4 centuries ago this year, and the English celebrations have begun in style. Translations of some of his best loved work show how he has captured the global imagination – and been localised along the way. Shakespeare’s Globe

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Drama in Wrocław: European Capital of Culture 2016

Wake up! Wrocław is the new European capital of culture, and a year of celebrations kicks off this weekend. It is a gorgeous city with a complex cultural history – go if you haven’t yet – which has produced some world-class

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Posted in literature, theatre, translation

A Translation for every Teenager

Every teenager in Sweden should get a translation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We should all be Feminists in time for Christmas. What would I give every teenager in translation into English? Something from a teenage perspective: Their peers are more likely

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Posted in books, film, gender, international, translation

Another Polish Oscar? Body/Ciało

Małgorzata Szumowska’s Body/Ciało is just out on DVD with English subtitles. It swept the board as Polish film of the year, it’s editor won the European film editor of the year, and it’s director won a Silver Bear in Berlin.

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listen! – auf, wrzzz, shhhh…

It isn’t easy to explain a translator’s work to your nephews when they are just learning to read, but when I heard Saara Pääkkönen, who translates the Donald Duck comics into Finnish, explaining that she drops objects to hear what sound they

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Posted in poetry

Take the City Home

It’s autumn holiday week here – the sun is retreating, schools are on mid-term break, and summer is starting to seem like a distant memory. It’s time to escape the daily grind if at all possible. But what will you

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