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Swedish Literature in London

Agnes Broome and Nicky Smalley have been awarded UCL Impact PhD Studentships in Swedish-English Translation. The studentships are offered in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in London, and sponsored by Mr Stefan Olsson, London; the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, San Francisco; the Swedish Academy, Stockholm; and the UCL Impact Studentship scheme.

Ongoing projects include:

On 3 February 2011, our first Nordic Noir evening took place at the Horse Hospital, an atmospheric arts venue in Bloomsbury. The Scandinavian Crime Fiction Book Club was conceived by Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature. It aims to build on the widespread enthusiasm for Nordic crime fiction in the UK by holding book club evenings where aficionados of thrillers can come together to discuss their favourite genre, meet the Scandinavian authors and translators behind the books, and hear from scholars and experts in the wide-ranging issues raised by this kind of fiction. Ultimately, we hope to enrich the public’s understanding of the Nordic cultures behind crime fiction, and to tempt fans of this genre to try out Scandinavian fiction of other kinds, too. The project has been awarded funding by UCL’s Beacon Bursaries for public engagement. Please visit the Nordic Noir blog to join in the debate, and to find out more about upcoming events.

Nicky Smalley has been running a small book club for lovers of Swedish fiction at Fika Swedish Bar and Grill on Brick Lane. Visit the New Swedish Fiction Book Club blog to find out more. New Swedish Fiction Book Club is supported by an AHRC-funded Train & Engage award from UCL's Public Engagement Unit.

  • Translation Workshop for Students of Advanced Swedish

Our Impact PhD students work closely with the Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association. The first joint UCL-SELTA project is scheduled for 16 February. This will take the form of an afternoon workshop held at UCL, including plenary and small group sessions. Students and aspiring translators will be given access to the expertise and experience of a number of established Swedish-English translators. This will be an important first step in developing networks and training that will support students with ambitions to break into Swedish-English literary translation. please contact n.smalley@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

Professor Helena Forsås-Scott, who has recently retired but still maintains close links with UCL Scandinavian Studies, has been planning an international conference on Selma Lagerlöf in June 2011. To supplement the academic content of the conference, we will be holding a public screening of Victor Sjöström’s 1921 film adaptation of Körkarlen, and are planning a storytelling event for schoolchildren. Carol Otto Werkelid of the Swedish Embassy in London has been instrumental in securing original artworks made by students at Beckmans designhögskola in Stockholm. These will grace the covers of three English translations of Lagerlöf’s literature, to be published in spring 2011 by Norvik Press: Lord Arne's Silver (Herr Arnes penningar), translated by Sarah Death; The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), translated by Peter Graves; The Löwensköld Ring (Löwensköldska ringen), translated by Linda Schenck. These fresh English translations by three leading Swedish-English translators, presented in stunning covers, will bring Lagerlöf to the attention of new audiences in the UK. Visit our Lagerlöf page for more information.

  • Strindberg 2012

Strindberg-Sällskapet (the Swedish Strindberg Society) have agreed to collaborate with UCL Scandinavian Studies and Norvik Press on a range of publications and events that will bring the work of August Strindberg to new audiences in the UK upon his centenary. Agnes Broome is taking the lead on coordinating this project. We are particularly interested in translation projects that re-work Strindberg’s compelling language for the present day, and which make available texts, especially plays, that have not previously been translated into English. This project will develop through spring and summer 2011. Please contact a.broome@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

Nichola Smalley and Agnes Broome, UCL Impact PhD Students, at the provost's Awards for Public Engagement

Our UCL Impact PhD students, Agnes Broome and Nicky Smalley, with Departmental Coordinator, Karin Charles, at the UCL Provost's Awards for Public Engagement, January 2011