Nicola Bartlett, a European Studies student from the University of Leicester, who has just graduated with a first-class degree, has also beaten more than one hundred competitors to receive first prize in an annual translation competition.
Competitors in the national competition for students of German sponsored by Oxford University Press, had to translate a passage from a work by the contemporary German novelist, Thomas Brussig, and the jury pronounced Nicola’s version both stylish and accurate.
The prize - a cheque - was handed over at a recent gathering at the German School in Richmond, attended by 250 people, at which Thomas Brussig was the guest of honour and presented readings from his works.
By coincidence the occasion had an additional University of Leicester flavour in that Peter Graves, senior lecturer in German and a specialist in contemporary German literature, had been invited to give the opening lecture introducing Brussig and providing an evaluation of his writing.
Nicola said: “I was particularly thrilled to receive recognition for my translating in this way, as it gives my confidence a big boost in pursuing this area further in my Master’s course”.
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