Soma in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and English PEN is delighted to announce a call for applications for a workshop on Kiswahili–English translation, to be held in Dar Es Salaam from 7-11 November 2016.


  • Workshop participants will work on a consensus translation of one short story and one poem – with participation from the authors.
  • The workshop will offer a space for collaboration and peer learning, where participants will be able to share ideas and, with the text before them, discuss the challenges of translating from Kiswahili to English.
  • There will also be plenary sessions on subjects such as translation theory and building a career as a translator.


We are looking for:

  • Early to mid-career literary translators working in Kiswahili–English translation
  • Bilingual creative writers interested in exploring literary translation as a way to expand their writing practice
  • More experienced literary translators and academics who are interested in translation teaching and methodologies, and in running translation workshops themselves

DEADLINE: October 20 2016

To apply and for more information visit here


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