UCL SELCS graduate Dr Nichola Smalley nominated to the International Booker Prize 2021

12 April 2021

UCL SELCS graduate Dr Nichola Smalley has been nominated to the International Booker Prize 2021 for her translation of Swedish author Andzrej Tichy’s novel Wretchedness.

Wretchedness by Andzrej Tichy, translated by Nichola Smalley from Swedish

One of the first students to graduate from UCL’s innovative BA in Language and Culture, Nichola then undertook a UCL Impact PhD Studentship in Swedish-English Translation, and was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her PhD thesis (which is available open access here: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1468987/) was supervised by Dr Claire Thomson and Dr Geraldine Horan, of the School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

Nichola’s PhD studentship was one of two which were co-funded by the Swedish Academy, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and Mr Stefan Olsson; the match funding was contingent on a programme of events and projects promoting Swedish literature in the UK, hosted by UCL Scandinavian Studies and with the generous support of the Embassy of Sweden in London.

Since graduating, Nichola has forged a successful career at the publishing house And Other Stories, and as a translator.

More information about the novel and its author can be found here: https://thebookerprizes.com/books/wretchedness-by-andzrej-tichy, and Nichola’s bio can be found here: https://thebookerprizes.com/author/nichola-smalley