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The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation - Shortlist Announced!

The competition received a total of 58 eligible entries of which 16 titles made the initial longlist. The shortlist comprises a novel, a novella, a children’s book, a collection of poetry and a volume of short stories. The source languages represented are Polish and German, with two shortlisted titles apiece, as well as Irish and Russian.

The full list of shortlisted titles is as follows: 

- Second-hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, translated from Russian by Bela Sheyavich (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2016)

- Swallow Summer by Larissa Boehning, translated from German by Lyn Marven (Comma Press, 2016)

- Clementine Loves Red by Krystyna Boglar, translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and Zosia Krasodomska-Jones (Pushkin Children’s Books, 2016)

- The Coast Road by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, translated from Irish by Michael Coady, Peter Fallon, Tom French, Alan Gillis, Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Michelle O’Sullivan, Justin Quinn, Billy Ramsell, Peter Sirr and David Wheatley (The Gallery Press, 2016)

- Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg, translated from Polish by Eliza Marciniak (Portobello Books, 2017)

- Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada, translated from German by Susan Bernofsky (Portobello Books, 2016)

Click here for more information on the Prize for Women in Translation and Translation at Warwick.

Tabish Khair - Digitalisation, Politics and Literature: Or Why Literature Matters?

Partly drawing upon Byung-Chul Han’s philosophical texts, this talk will examine why – and how – creative literature matters in an age of ‘post-truth.’ It will try to formulate a definition of literature that is neither parochial nor relativist, neither left to the ‘market’ nor to the ‘reader’, and that does not depend, finally, on unexamined nationalist or globalist assumptions. It will also look at the impact of digitalisation on literature, and connect both to politics.

The event will be held on the 6th October 2017, 17:00 in Oculus building, room 1.04



Tabish Khair, PhD, DPhil

Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

Leverhulme Guest Professor, Leeds University, UK

Educated up to his Masters in Gaya, Bihar, India, and then doing a PhD from Copenhagen, after working as a journalist in Patna and Delhi for a few years, Tabish Khair is the author of various books, including novels and poetry. These include the studies Babu Fictions: Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels, and The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness. In 2016, he published a study, The New Xenophobia and a novel, Jihadi Jane, to critical acclaim. Winner of the All India Poetry Prize, his fiction has been shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize, the DSC Prize, the Hindu Fiction Prize, Encore Award, etc. He is currently a Leverhulme guest professor at the School of English, Leeds University, UK.

Tue 03 October 2017, 07:31 | Tags: Conference, Undergraduate, Staff, Research, Public Event, Postgraduate

Professors Lawrence Venuti and Karen Van Dyck on campus in October

The Connecting Cultures Global Research Priority is pleased to be welcoming two distinguished academic visitors to Warwick campus between October 24 and 27: Professor Karen Van Dyck, Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Modern Greek Language and Literature at Columbia University, and Professor Lawrence Venuti, Professor of English at Temple University. Staff, students and the general public are warmly invited to join us for the public events listed below. Please contact Chantal Wright at with any queries.

An interactive map of Warwick campus can be found at the following link:

“Migration, Translingualism, Translation”, a lecture by Professor Karen Van Dyck

Tuesday 24 October, 5 to 6.30 p.m. Room: A0.28 Millburn House (in Film and TV Studies, located on the Kirby Corner Road side of the Millburn House complex), followed by drinks.

“Translating Proverbs: The Instrumentalism of Conventional Wisdom”, a lecture by Professor Lawrence Venuti

Wednesday 25 October, 5 to 6.30 p.m. Room: A0.28 Millburn House (in Film and TV Studies, located on the Kirby Corner Road side of the Millburn House complex), followed by drinks.

Translation Matters: The Current State of Translation Studies. A professorial roundtable with Professor Lawrence Venuti (Temple), Emeritus Professor Jean Boase-Beier (UEA), Professor Michelle Bolduc (Exeter) and Professor Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff).

Friday 27 October, 2.15 to 4 p.m. Room: R0.03 Ramphal Building, Library Road, central campus.

For more information, visit our Translation at Warwick webpage.

The Times/Sunday Times’ Good University Guide 2018

The Times/Sunday Times’ Good University Guide 2018 rankings were published recently, and the department continues its strong performance in national and international league tables. For Creative Writing, the department's Warwick Writing Programme is ranked at number 1 in the UK. For English, we are 10th, and for Theatre Studies (categorised as Drama, Dance and Cinematics), 6th.

Other Warwick departments with joint degrees with English have also performed strongly, including modern languages (French, German, Italian, Iberian Studies), Classics, Philosophy, and History. For the full details, please see here.

Congratulations to Will Eaves - shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017

Congratulations to Will Eaves who has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 for his book - Murmur.

The results will be announced on 3rd October and you can listen live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 7.15pm.

Good luck to Will!

Tue 19 September 2017, 11:23

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