Keynote with Lawrence Schimel: On the dual practice of translating and being translated between mother and stepmother tongues

  • DATE

    22 February 2022

  • TIME

    11:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome



Part of Manchester In Translation with Comma Press

Writing and translating from and into his ‘stepmother tongue’ of Spanish, Lawrence will offer insights from his career and share advice to emerging translators. He will discuss how being translated, as well as translating the work of others, informs his dual practice as both writer and translator.

Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning bilingual American writer, translator, and anthologist. His work spans novels, graphic novels and poetry collections and has been translated into over 40 languages. His graphic novels have won a Crystal Kite Award from SCBWI and have been selected for the White Ravens from the International Youth Library in Munich and chosen for IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities three times. He has also been awarded the Lamda Literary prize twice which recognises the crucial role LGBTQ writers play in shaping the world. He translates between Spanish and English and along with Layla Benitez-James is a recipient of the 2022 NEA Translation Fellowship to translate HIJA DEL CAMINO by Lucía Asué Momío Rubio into English.