Category Archives: Literary Events

Meike Ziervogel and Hamid Ismailov- ‘The Art of Translation’ at Off the Shelf, Sheffield

One of the many treats on offer at this year’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words in Sheffield was an evening with Meike Ziervogel and Hamid Ismailov.  Meike Ziervogel  is the founder  of Peirene Press, a small  independent publishing house in … Continue reading

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Sunjeev Sahota- The Year of the Runaways

As a Sheffielder I was intrigued to see that Sunjeev Sahota’s Man Booker shortlisted ‘The Year of the Runaways’ is set in Sheffield, but after reading it walking round the Botanical Gardens will never be the same again : three … Continue reading

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Hooray for Independent Bookshops

I’ve been delirious with delight at finding another brilliant Independent bookshop-Review Bookshop in Bellenden Road, Peckham, London-which has a remarkable selection of foreign fiction in translation, eg My Documents, a collection of short stories by the Chilean writer, Alejandro Zambra, … Continue reading

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Highlights of the Literary Translation Centre at London Book Fair 2015

The sessions I enjoyed most at the LBF’s Literary Translation Session this year there were not to do with the nuts and bolts of translation, but rather with broader questions of bringing literature to new audiences in translation. So I … Continue reading

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Ulrike Almut Sandig- Poetry reading at University of Sheffield

Thanks very much to the Dept of Germanic Studies at the University of Sheffield for organising this event where the German poet, Ulrike Almut Sandig read from her poetry and prose collections. Ulrike Almut Sandig grew up in the former … Continue reading

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25th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall !

Yes and how to imagine what this was like for the people of Germany? There are plenty of films around dealing with life in a divided Germany (see Margarete von Trotta’s ‘Das Versprechen’, Christian Petzold’s ‘Barbara’ and of course ‘Das … Continue reading

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Tour de Sheffield- Paperback Rider

Off the Shelf have contributed to la Folie du Tour with a wonderful installation in the Winter Gardens in Sheffield. It’s a book opened at a double page with a poem by Helen Mort, the present Derbyshire Poet Laureate, celebrating … Continue reading

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