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Afternoon Tea with Sarah Death

9 November @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

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Grab a cuppa and get to know award-winning translator Sarah Death. Sarah will be in conversation with TA Committee Co-Chair Vineet Lal to discuss her work and career, and to offer a glimpse into her creative routine.

This event is in conjunction with the Translators Association and the British Centre for Literary Translation. Register here for the TA AGM that will be taking place from 1.30-2pm. 



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Vineet Lal (2 mins)
  • Introduction to Sarah Deathand a glimpse into her creative routine (15-25 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (10-15 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (3 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Ambre Morvan – Publishing Contracts and Public Policy Advisor, SoA


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected]  with ‘Sarah Death – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The Line-up

Sarah Death

Sarah Death has over thirty-five years’ experience as a literary translator from Swedish to English. She has won the George Bernard Shaw Prize for Translation three times and in 2014 she was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star for services to Swedish language and literature. She has translated books in a wide variety of genres, including children’s stories by Astrid Lindgren, novels by Nobel laureate Selma Lagerlöf, the collected letters of Tove Jansson and the work of many contemporary writers. She has also translated crime fiction, from early classics by Per Wahlöö via Håkan Nesser’s Barbarotti series to this autumn’s The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons (the seventh Lisbeth Salander novel) by Karin Smirnoff.  She has served on the committees of the Translators’ Association and the Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association (SELTA), was the editor of Swedish Book Review for twelve years and has been involved in several mentorship schemes for emerging translators. She is a member of the (unpaid) director team at Norvik Press.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-death-65b50031/


Vineet Lal

Vineet Lal is Co-Chair of the Translators Association. He studied French at the University of Edinburgh and Princeton University, and received one of the inaugural Emerging Translator Mentorships in 2010. He has translated several well-known French authors including Guillaume Musso and Grégoire Delacourt, along with two collections of short stories for children.  

Twitter: @vineet_uk | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vineet-lal-1754a52a/


About the Translators Association

The Translators Association (TA) provides a source of expert advice for individual literary translators and is a collective voice representing the profession as a whole. The TA organises events and promotes initiatives such as #TranslatorsOnTheCover. Recent activities include co-curating the Literary Translation Centre at the London Book Fair and campaigning to improve payment and terms for readers’ reports.

About the British Centre for Literary Translation

The BCLT is based at the University of East Anglia and is Britain’s leading centre for the study and support of literary translation.  As well as an extensive programme of teaching and research it also works in partnership with a wide range of national and international organisations to deliver activities which support the development of literary translators and the recognition of the profession.


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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
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  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 45 minutes

After the event

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  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



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9 November
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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