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PoetTrios – Researching Collaborative Poetry Translation

Bill Herbert, Rebecca Johnson, Francis Jones and Sergio Lobejón Santos report on the groundbreaking PoetTrios project, bringing together Dutch and English poets with a cross-university team from Newcastle and Roehampton.

Date/Time: Thursday 10 May 2018, 16:00-17:00

Venue: Percy Building G.13, Newcastle University

In this lecture we report on the groundbreaking ‘PoetTrios’ project. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this is the first major research study into collaborative poetry translation. In a PoetTrio, two poets with different mother tongues work face-to-face with a bilingual ‘language advisor’ to translate one poet’s poems into the other poet’s mother tongue, then vice versa. Poets often collaborate with language advisors to translate other poets’ work. But this project, using videos of real Dutch-English trios, reveals for the first time how they actually work together to produce top-quality poetry translations. Its cross-university research team, from Newcastle and Roehampton, brings together experts in both poetry and translation studies.



Bill Herbert (School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics)

Rebecca Johnson (School of Modern Languages)

Francis Jones (School of Modern Languages)

Sergio Lobejón Santos (School of Modern Languages)