Wednesday 15 March 2017, Seminar Room 11, Rendall Building, 1-5pm

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool invites you to attend its fourth annual Translation Workshop. This year, the workshop focuses on crime fiction, with special guest speaker Shaun Whiteside.


Front cover of Robert Enke: A Life Too Short, translated by our guest speaker, Shaun Whiteside

Shaun is a translator of French, Dutch, German and Italian fiction and non-fiction. He won the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German Translation in 1997 for his translation of Magdalene the Sinner by Lilian Faschinger, and translated Robert Enke: A Life Too Short by Ronald Reng, winner of the 2011 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Recently he has translated Norman Ohler’s Blitzed (Guardian Books of the year 2016), several Maigret detective novels in the series by Georges Simenon and Michel Bussi’s Black Water Lilies. Shaun has also translated works by Freud, Nietzsche, Amélie Nothomb, Luther Blissett, Wu Ming amongst many others.

The workshop will begin with a talk by Shaun, followed by a workshop in small groups where participants will have a go at translation a short extract of crime fiction. Refreshments will be provided.

Students, postgraduates, early career translators, and all interested more generally in translation and/or crime fiction are invited to attend. Workshop groups will translate texts from French, German, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish (and other languages), we also welcome those with no knowledge of languages other than English. All materials will be provided.

We would like to arrange participants into language groups so please contact us with your preferred language: Lyn Marven, lmarven@liverpool.ac.uk.