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TA Week: Afternoon Tea with Frank Wynne

3 November @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

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Grab a cuppa and get to know award-winning translator Frank Wynne. Frank will be in conversation with translator and Translators Association co-chair Rebecca DeWald to discuss his work and career and will offer a glimpse into his creative routine.

In conjunction with the Translators Association as part of the [email protected] Festival

This will take place online via Zoom with live captioning and BSL interpretation by Sumayya Si-Tayeb 



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Rebecca DeWald (2 mins)
  • Introduction to Frank Wynne and a glimpse into his creative routine (15-25 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (10-15 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (3 mins)


Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Frank Wynne – 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 

Frank Wynne

Frank Wynne is an Irish literary translator, writer and editor. He has translated numerous French and Hispanic authors including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, Javier Cercas and Virginie Despentes. Over a career spanning more than twenty years, his work has earned him  the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award,and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, he was twice bee awarded both the  Scott Moncrieff Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán. Most recently, his translation of The Art of Losing by Alice Zeniter won the 2022 Dublin Literary Prize; in the same year he was the chair of judges for the 2022 International Booker Prize.   He has edited two major anthologies, Found in Translation: 100 0f the finest short stories ever translated (2018) and QUEER: LGBT writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday (2021)

Twitter: @Terribleman  | Website: www.frankwynne.com


Dr Rebecca DeWald

Dr Rebecca DeWald is a bilingual translator with a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Glasgow, translating English, German, French and Spanish into German and English. She coordinates the Emerging Translator Mentorships Programme at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, UK, and runs the monthly Translators’ Stammtisch and Translation Theory Lab at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow. She sits on the assessment panel for Publishing Scotland’s Translation Fund, co-runs Kalewater Cottage Creative Retreat in the Scottish Borders, and currently serves as co-chair of the Society of Authors’ Translators Association Committee.  

Twitter: @DeWald_Rebecca | Website: https://rebeccadewaldtranslation.wordpress.com/


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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
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event will have live BSL interpretation. 
  • This event is 45 minutes.

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



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3 November
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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