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Frank Wynne in Conversation: The Creative Art of Literary Translation

Monday, 14 November 2022, 10 – 11am

Frank Wynne in Conversation: The Creative Art of Literary Translation

A seminar with Frank Wynne (literary translator, writer and editor) as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum.

Literary translation touches all aspects of the creative arts, enabling the exchange of human stories across cultures, eras, and different media. This conversation with renowned translator Frank Wynne provides an opportunity for the Forum to reflect on how translation also transforms, critiques, and performs as a creative art in its own right. With examples drawn from the disciplines of drama, film, and music, grounded in his extensive experience as a translator, this discussion will connect practices and theories of translation to key issues in our contemporary cultural scene.

This SCARF talk is co-organised by the Trinity Journal of Literary Translation and the Creative Arts Practice research theme, with support from the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation.

Frank Wynne is an Irish literary translator, writer and editor. He has translated numerous French and Hispanic authors including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, Javier Cercas and Virginie Despentes. Over a career spanning more than twenty years, his work has earned him the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, he has twice been awarded both the Scott Moncrieff Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán. Most recently, his translation of The Art of Losing by Alice Zeniter won the 2022 Dublin Literary Award. He has edited two major anthologies, Found in Translation: 100 0f the finest short stories ever translated and QUEER: LGBT writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday. In 2022, he was chair of the jury for the International Booker Prize.

Guiding the conversation with Frank will be Anastasia Fedosova. She is a final-year English Literature student at TCD. Her dissertation looks at Irish translations and adaptations of Anton Chekhov’s dramatic work. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Trinity Journal of Literary Translation for the 2022-23 academic year. She is the deputy Radius editor of The University Times, publishing manager of celebreMagazine, and a contributing writer to Trinity News and Luxury Investment Magazine.

The School of Creative Arts Research Forum meets weekly on Mondays from 10am-11am in the Neill Lecture Theatre in Trinity Long Room Hub. The aim of the Forum is to provide a space for School researchers, both staff and postgraduate students, to share their ideas in an informal and supportive environment. It is also an opportunity for the School to hear about the research of colleagues both from within TCD and from outside the university who share our research interests. In line with the research agenda of the School, talks encompass traditional research and practice-based research.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Category: Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Researchers, Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr Scotty McQueen

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