An Introduction to Translation - for Monoglots and Polyglots!

Date and time: 20 February 2019, 5.30 to 7.30 pm

Venue: VWV, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Cost: £5

 Some people say there are things you can only say in one language and not in others, making the work of a translator both challenging and indispensible. But translation is also needed within a single ‘language’ – because our ability to misunderstand what our closest friends and allies have said is considerable.

So how do you even start translating a text from one language to another? What are the main tools at a translator’s disposal? Is the source text more important than the reader of your translation?  Christophe Fricker is offering a hands-on workshop on these questions for both beginners and language connoisseurs.

Christophe has taught translation at Oxford, Duke and Bristol universities; he is the translator of books by bestselling science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Guardian columnist Owen Jones, internet sensation Yanko Tsvetkov and others; and he has supported translators across dozens of languages through his business.

No foreign language skills are required.

Let Christophe know if you can attend by emailing secretary@oxford-bristolbath.org, or if you can’t commit in advance simply come along.

There is a £5 fee for this event. We’re happy for you to pay in cash or by bank transfer. If paying by bank transfer: Lloyds Bank, Warminster Branch, for the account of OUSOC Bristol and Bath, Sort Code 30-99-13, Account No 30598268. Please give your last name as the payment reference.

Facebook event

Sign saying 'hybrid' by bike

News and Events

Annual Dinner and AGM

Date: Thursday, 7 November 2019

Time: 7 pm dinner, preceded by AGM at 6.30 pm

Venue: The Abbey Hotel, Bath

Book Club: September 2019

Date and time: Thursday, 12 September 2019

Venue: Central Bristol

Book: The Invention of Russia, Arkady Ostrovsky

A walk around Bath's Georgian Crescents

We regret that this walk has had to be postponed, but a rescheduled date will be advertised here.

Book Club: July 2019

Date and time: Thursday, 11 July 2019

Venue: Central Bristol

Book: The Brain, David Eagleman