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The Visible Translator: New Translation Residency

We're thrilled to announce a brand new residency hosted by the Translation Exchange. Click here to find out more.

New: Inclusive Outreach through Translation

In 2021-22 we are running a project to explore how translation can be used to make university outreach as inclusive as possible. Click here to find out more.

Covid-19 statement

Our decision to found the Translation Exchange was driven by a desire to build a community of adults and young people who share a love of international literature and translation. As the Covid crisis has deepened, the opportunity to read, share and write with others has become more important than ever. Since April 2020 have offered numerous activities online, and have been doing all we can to stimulate virtual conversation and collaboration. 
Find out more about our virtual book club, collaborative translation project, schools translation prize and resources for home-learning

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For Oxford University students: how to get involved in QTE

If you’re interested in finding out more about QTE and how you can get involved, please fill out the form here.

About the Translation Exchange

The Queen’s College Translation Exchange (QTE) is an outreach centre based at The Queen’s College, Oxford. Our mission is to inspire lifelong engagement in languages and international culture, and in particular to inspire young language-learners to continue with their studies through their schooling and beyond. 

We train university students to deliver translation workshops in schools, hold Book Clubs and translation events for readers of all ages, and run a major national competition for pupils aged 11-18, the Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators. With an emphasis on translation as a creative, inspiring and inclusive activity, these programmes channel university students’ expertise in translation and their enthusiasm for international culture into enriching experiences for young people and adults.

An article about QTE in The Oxford Polyglot

The Exchange has partnered with literary charity the Stephen Spender Trust and its ground-breaking ‘Translators in Schools’ education programmes to develop a unique training programme for students, and with Modern Poetry in Translation – also based at Queen’s – to develop resources for use in the classroom. The outreach training programme for students has been devised in collaboration with Shadow Heroes

Exchange events include an international literature book club, regular translation workshops, and a residency for an international writer. All of our events are open to everybody and are free of charge.

The Translation Exchange was founded at The Queen's College, as a collaboration between the Medieval and Modern Languages, Oriental Studies, Classics, and English faculties at the University of Oxford.







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