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BCLT Translators-in-Residence (ATR1642)

Vacancy Details

Location: LDC - Sch Lit, Drama & Creative Writing
Closing Date: 11/28/2022
Date Posted: 11/01/2022
Reference: ATR1642


BCLT Translators-in-Residence                                             

Residency Description 

The British Centre for Literary Translation is offering two four-month residencies for literary translators, to run from 1 February 2023 to 31 May 2023. 

The residencies have been devised as a collaboration between the translators-in-residence and the BCLT, whose main activities focus on the promotion of literary translation both as a professional activity and an academic discipline. We will work with the chosen translators in the first week of their residency in order to shape the role in accordance with their individual interests and skills. 

Each BCLT translator-in-residence will: 
  • Work with the BCLT, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, UEA, for one day a week (excluding the Spring break), for four months, as follows, 1 February 2023 to 31 May 2023. The residencies can be flexible in terms of whether they are in-person on campus each week or virtually. However, we would expect each translator to come to campus at least 3 times during the residency.
  • Contribute to the programme of public events offered by the BCLT, which includes literary translation workshops, as well as research seminars and symposia, in order to extend and enhance the BCLT’s programme, working in conjunction with BCLT staff  
  • Contribute, as appropriate, to the rest of the BCLT’s research programme
  • Seek opportunities for engagement with research staff and graduate students within the School and Faculty more widely, as well as the community of literary translators on the MA in Literary Translation and beyond
  • Write a blog about the experience of the residency at the BCLT to be published on the website

As translator-in-residence at the BCLT you may be expected to: 

  • Lead the occasional student tutorial / workshop on the MA in Literary Translation
  • Seek opportunities to work with the translation archive at the British Archive for Contemporary Writing, housed in the UEA Library
  • Contribute to the development of future collaborative research projects 
  • Make social media contributions to promote the work of the BCLT
Person Specification 

It is essential for each resident:
  • To be a practising literary translator, working with any language(s), based in the UK, and with a project currently in progress, preferably prose fiction
  • To have a keen interest in and enthusiasm for the process of translation and cross-cultural dialogue 
  • To be able to work independently, as well as in a team 
  • To have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)  
  • To have an interest in research in literary translation studies, with a focus on making a contribution to the BCLT’s research programme
  • To have an interest in the professional development of literary translators

It is desirable for each resident to have: 

  • Some experience of leading workshops
  • Some experience of publishing written and online content

A stipend of £3,000 is available as remuneration for each residency, which should cover any travel and accommodation costs. There will also be a small budget to support developing activities. This stipend may be subject to tax. 

Entitlement to Work in the United Kingdom
If you are shortlisted for interview you will be asked to bring to interview original documentary evidence of permission to work in the UK in line with a list of acceptable documents which we willprovide to shortlisted candidates when invited for interview.  Please DO NOT provide this with your application. 
These residencies are not eligible for sponsorship under Tier 2 and non-EEA workers must hold, or obtain, permission to work in the UK which would allow them to take up one of these posts without requiring a Certificate of Sponsorship.  

Each resident will be expected to spend one day a week as BCLT Translator in Residence, working on their project and BCLT activities. It may be possible for the residents to vary the day of the week spent as Translator in Residence. 
We anticipate that the Translators-in-Residence will start on 1 February 2023.

How to apply 

Please send the following three documents:

  • your CV
  • a covering letter explaining why you are interested in becoming a translator-in-residence at the BCLT
  • a proposal (not more than 300 words) outlining what ideas and activities you would plan to pursue during your time as translator-in-residence 

Please send your application to arrive by 23.59 on 28 November 2022 by email to

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