Published on 22/04/2022
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Sarah Letza
  • Aston University and Writing West Midlands have appointed Sarah Letza, a professional translator from the region to the role
  • She will be working on community engagement activities at Aston University and with the West Midlands community
  • The project is funded by Arts Council England.

Aston University has appointed a translator in residence as part of a project developed by the translators Daniel Hahn and Ros Schwartz, a new one-off literary translation residency for 2022 based in Birmingham.

Sarah Letza, a professional translator from the region, has been appointed to the position until March 2023.

The project is funded by Arts Council England and will be run in partnership with Aston University and Writing West Midlands.

Sarah’s residency will encourage an interest in literary translation and translated literature, and the valuing of languages, among communities in and around Birmingham through workshops, talks and other public engagement and collaborative participation projects.

Sarah Letza, translator in residence at Aston University, said:

“I hope to draw attention to the opportunities that translation and language learning can lead to and capitalise on the wealth of talent that can be drawn from Midlands schools and universities.

“There is the potential to be involved with the many translation research projects already under development at Aston University as well as promoting and supporting languages and translation pathways.

“I want to showcase Birmingham as a city that has been built on cultural crossings, intellectual exchange and creativity, all of which are the bedrock of both translation and language learning.”

Dr David Orrego-Carmona, a lecturer in English, languages and applied linguistics at Aston University, said:

“Birmingham is an incredibly multilingual city and Aston University is particularly well-placed to raise awareness and showcase the value of languages, translation and intercultural exchanges.

“We are certain the programme will provide inspiring experiences for our beneficiaries in Birmingham and the region, and we are looking forward to the engaging activities that Sarah is already planning.”

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Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Saskia Loer Hansen is the interim Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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