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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. We're sure that in the coming months the opportunity to read, share and write with others will be more important than ever, so we'll be moving all of our activities online and doing all we can to stimulate virtual conversation and collaboration.
Watch this space for information about our new virtual book club, collaborative translation projects and resources for home-schooling

A new outreach and research initiative

The Queen’s College Translation Exchange brings together expertise in literary translation and outreach within the College, University, city, and country to develop a broad programme of translation-related activities for students, schools, and the public.

An article about our first year at The Oxford Polyglot

The focus of the Translation Exchange is on bringing students from the Medieval and Modern Languages, Oriental Studies, Classics, and English faculties together with teachers and pupils from local schools for translation workshops, and on developing virtual resources for learners across the UK. With an emphasis on translation as a creative, inspiring, and aspiration-raising activity, these workshops and resources channel the university students’ expertise in translation and their enthusiasm for language-learning and literature into enriching experiences for young people from primary age upwards. 

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. The centre’s directors, Dr Charlotte Ryland and Dr Jenny Higgins, held a forum on 'Creative Translation in the Classroom' at Queen’s in January 2019, bringing together practitioners and researchers in the field for practice-sharing. The forum also launched the Exchange’s research project on using translation to engage young learners.

Exchange events include an international literature book club, support for events with international writers visiting Oxford, and a residency for an international writer.

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