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Rarely in Edinburgh…

have I been in a room, possibly with fifty or so other people, where about thirty languages are spoken. It was a refreshing and dramatic change to the fairly monoglot norm! The event was part of the Jura Unbound series … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Book Festival gets off to a cracking start

It’s that time of year again, and for once it’s not yet raining! This morning I listened to Charles Emmerson’s fascinating presentation of his new book, 1913 (Bodley Head). It’s a period in which I have more than a passing interest, … Continue reading

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Translation: 2012

It is traditional to sit down, at the junction of years, and look back at memorable events that have occurred in the previous twelve months. So, for what it’s worth, here are my top translation-related events for 2012. Books read: … Continue reading

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2010 James Tait Black Prizes go to AS Byatt and John Carey

The weather in Edinburgh today reverted to “norm” with lashings of rain and wind that made the marquees of the Book Festival in Charlotte Square creak and flap like the sails of multi-masted schooners.  It’s a rather disconcerting experience to … Continue reading

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