British Library turns 'Literally Swiss' for workshop and cabaret

British Library turns 'Literally Swiss' for workshop and cabaret

The British Library is teaming up with a Swiss Arts Council project to create a day of events on 5th December showcasing the literature and language of Switzerland.

The two sessions are organised by the library in King's Cross, central London, and Literally Swiss, which was formed by Rosie Goldsmith last year in in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. It showcases some of the country's most significant writers, bringing them and their writing to the UK.

On 5th December, the showcase of Swiss literature and language will feature two events: a foundation translation workshop in the afternoon followed in the evening by a Swiss literary cabaret.

The translation workshop, entitled 'Opening Eyes and Reaching Audiences', will address the challenges faced by translators, publishers and media in taking translation from page to publication and gaining visibility in the UK market. It will feature translators Jen Calleja and Shaun Whiteside, Saqi Books publisher Elizabeth Briggs and Oneworld publisher Juliet Mabey along with TLS journalist Toby Lichtig.

Later that evening, Michelle Steinbeck and Michael Fehr, two Swiss writers and winners of major national literary awards, will take to the stage to perform poetry and prose as part of a cabaret, accompanied by music, wine and chocolate.

Both events will be hosted by Goldsmith, founder of the European Literature Network and former BBC journalist.

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