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Name of the centre

British Centre for Literary Translation
Short Name: BCLT

Address & contact

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ UK
Tel.: 44 - (0)1603 592785
Fax: 44 - (0)1603 592739
E-mail: bclt@uea.ac.uk
Website: www.bclt.org.uk
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Legal structure

BCLT is part of the University of East Anglia which has charitable status.


BCLT was founded in 1989 by the late W G ‘Max’ Sebald. It is the UK’s leading centre for the development, promotion and support of literary translation.

Financial sources

BCLT’s core funders are Arts Council England and the University of East Anglia. BCLT also receives grants from other funders for specific projects.


Director: Dr Duncan Large
International Programme Director: Kate Griffin
Co-ordinator: Catherine Fuller
Subscriptions and Database; Janet Cogman
Schools and Libraries Liaison: Dr BJ Epstein
Postgraduate and Professional Liaison: Dr Cecilia Rossi

Brief description

The offices of BCLT are situated in the University of East Anglia, a campus university in Norwich.


BCLT currently offers two residencies per year for translators from India, sponsored by the Charles Wallace India Trust and supported by the British Council. Translators spend two months at working on a translation project of their choice. Travel costs and a stipend to cover accommodation and subsistence expenses are paid by Charles Wallace India Trust. Accommodation is in self catering accommodation on the UEA campus, and residents are strongly encouraged to engage in the academic, cultural and social life of the faculty. There are opportunities to lead seminars for post-graduate students, present papers and talk about work in progress.


A small library with books, dictionaries, and specialist journals.
Residents also have access to the main university library from which they can borrow during their stay.


BCLT offers support and continuing professional development to literary translators at all stages of their career. The Centre also develops new audiences through events, and publications, provides information and advice, stimulates public awareness and interest in literary translation and generates and encourages academic debate

As well as residencies, BCLT runs a Summer School, organises the annual Sebald Lecture on literary translation, publishes the journal In Other Words and organises seminars, readings, conferences and other public events in London, Norwich and elsewhere.

BCLT is a partner in the PETRA-E network

Cooperation with other institutions

RECIT, The British Council, the Translators Association. English PEN, Writers Centre Norwich, the Nippon Foundation