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Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation

The Centre is housed in a fine Georgian building facing Merrion Square and we are seeking your support to help transform this handsome Georgian building into a worthy location for this ambitious project and to assist with the initial five-year investment plan for the Centre.

Why support Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation?

Our activities bring the best of Irish literature to the world and the best of world literature to Irish readers. Becoming a supporter is a direct investment in the literary translators who open these doors. Through your involvement, you can:

Invest in translators

  • fund travel bursaries for students and translators
  • support a translator-in-residence
  • sponsor a student of literary translation

Invest in the professional development of translators

  • support a translation summer school
  • fund a masterclass or annual masterclass
  • fund a lecture or annual lecture series

Invest in translations

  • fund the translation of a novel, collection of poems or songs
  • sponsor an annual journal showcasing translations of new Irish writing
  • sponsor a literary translation prize

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop, promote and support literary translation in Ireland.  We support three main areas of activity: education and outreach; publications; and community building.

Education and outreach

We host events, both at the Centre and other locations, usually on campus:

  • book launches
  • literary readings
  • a monthly book club
  • research seminars
  • public lectures
  • seminars, workshops and conferences
  • translation slams
  • student-led events
  • meetings with writers and translators

Publications

Together with our partners, Literature Ireland and Dalkey Archive Press, we are involved in the publication and promotion of translations and theoretical writings on translation in different, but complementary, ways.

  • Dalkey Archive Press publishes the second highest number of literary translations of any publisher in the UK or US.
  • Literature Ireland promotes Irish literature abroad, primarily in translation. It administers a translation grant programme and a translator bursary programme; it supports Irish participation at international literary festivals and events, and manages the Ireland stand at the London and Frankfurt book fairs and other book fairs around the world. Literature Ireland publishes and distributes New Writing from Ireland.
  • A number of staff at Trinity's School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies are actively involved in translating works of literature into or out of English; others research the theories and practice of translation

Community building

As part of our efforts to connect the literatures of the world, we host meetings with writers and translators from all over the globe.  We provide training and internship opportunities for the next generation of translators and publishers.  We also provide translators who are working on Irish literary texts with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the landscape, people and culture of Ireland.

We run an annual programme of residential bursaries for professional translators working on publisher-commissioned translations of works of Irish literature. The purpose of the bursaries is to enable translators to spend a period of time in Ireland working on a translation, meeting with authors, carrying out research in Irish libraries and generally immersing themselves in the cultural, linguistic and artistic environment of contemporary Irish literature.

Our events are open to the public and are free of charge.

How to Support Us

We are constantly seeking ways to help fund events and activities at the Centre, and to help finance our ongoing capital and operating costs. Philanthropic support for the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation can be spread over a number of years, and donations can be timed to suit your financial year. Donations are eligible for full tax relief in Ireland, the UK and the USA. 

If you would like to make a donation, no matter how small, we would be delighted to hear from you. If you would like to become a Friend or Patron of the Centre, or if you have particular wishes for your gift, please contact Michael Cronin or Eithne Bowen.

T: +353 1 896 3227 /+353 86 3864802 E: littrans@tcd.ie