Multilingual Poetry Translation workshop

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Tuesday 12 July 2022

2 days

2:30 pm

4:00 pm

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This will take place over two afternoons (Tues & Wed for 90 minutes each) and one ticket is valid for both sessions.

Multilingual poetry translation workshop led by prize-winning translator from Dutch, Michele Hutchison. Poems to be translated include a nature poem written by Dutch poet Miek Zwamborn who will be attending the festival and a poem written in Irish by an Irish poet.

Admission: €30

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Translation workshops can function as creative cross-cultural encounters for poets and festival visitors who between them may speak many languages. The workshop will focus on the intersection between writing and translating and is not intended for professional translators. Bridge translations into English, will be used, rather than direct translation. The participants do not need to be bilingual.

The participants will be asked to translate one or more of the poems into any language they master sufficiently. Alternatively they can rework the English bridge translations, get advice from native speakers about the original poems, and come to an English translation of their own.

The workshop aims to create an environment in which participants can learn about each other’s literary tradition and the context in which the works have been written. It also serves as an introduction to poetry translation as active engagement with the written text. Discussions around the work in progress will allow the group to explore the microcosm of each text, as well as the wider issues of translation practice.


Michele and Miek’s participation in West Cork Literary Festival is supported by the Nederlands Letterenfonds / Dutch Foundation for Literature as part of their New Dutch Writing programme.



Michele Hutchison

Michele Hutchison was born in the UK and has lived in Amsterdam since 2004. A former commissioning editor in UK publishing, she translates literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels,...

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Miek Zwamborn

Miek Zwamborn is a Dutch author, translator and artist. Her practice often delves into archival collections, drawing on the suggestive possibility of historical materials, letters, texts, objects and artefacts in...

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