An Introduction to Translation - for Monoglots and Polyglots!

Date and time: 20 February 2019, 5.30 to 7.30 pm

Venue: VWV, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Cost: £5

 Some people say there are things you can only say in one language and not in others, making the work of a translator both challenging and indispensible. But translation is also needed within a single ‘language’ – because our ability to misunderstand what our closest friends and allies have said is considerable.

So how do you even start translating a text from one language to another? What are the main tools at a translator’s disposal? Is the source text more important than the reader of your translation?  Christophe Fricker is offering a hands-on workshop on these questions for both beginners and language connoisseurs.

Christophe has taught translation at Oxford, Duke and Bristol universities; he is the translator of books by bestselling science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Guardian columnist Owen Jones, internet sensation Yanko Tsvetkov and others; and he has supported translators across dozens of languages through his business.

No foreign language skills are required.

Let Christophe know if you can attend by emailing secretary@oxford-bristolbath.org, or if you can’t commit in advance simply come along.

There is a £5 fee for this event. We’re happy for you to pay in cash or by bank transfer. If paying by bank transfer: Lloyds Bank, Warminster Branch, for the account of OUSOC Bristol and Bath, Sort Code 30-99-13, Account No 30598268. Please give your last name as the payment reference.

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An Introduction to Translation

Date and time: 20 February 2019, 5.30-7.30 pm

Venue: VWV, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

How do you start translating a text from one language to another? What are the main tools at a translator’s disposal? Is the source text more important than the reader of your translation? Christophe Fricker offers a hands-on workshop on these questions for both beginners and language connoisseurs.

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Comedy Night

Date  Saturday 16th February 2019
Time: Doors (and bar!) open 6.30, show starts 8 pm
Venue: Komedia Bath (map, url)

We're holding our first OUSOC comedy night out (with optional disco!)

There are 3 comedians, followed by a rather good Motown disco from 10:30.

Tickets are £20 plus £1 booking fee. Meal packages available.   

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Oxford Board Games Night

Date and time: 7:30, 22 January 2019
Venue: Chance and Counters, 20 Christmas Steps, Bristol BS1 5BS (map, url)

Come and join us for another board game night at Bristol’s Chance & Counters, the popular board game café and pub.  No prerequisites – they have hundreds of board games of all kinds, and are very good at introducing you to new ones.

The café charges you £5 for your seat; food and drinks can be purchased.  First come, first served: please email us if you would like to attend as spaces are limited.

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Book Club: March 2019

Date and time: Thursday, 14 March 2019

Venue: Central Bristol

Book: The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy, Anthony Gottlieb