STOP PRESS January 2018
This year we are running two workshops - one for "returnees" from 20-24 August, and one for "newcomers" from 27-31 August. There is also an optional "extra": a guided minibus tour on the Saturday following each workshop (25 August and 1 Sept respectively). For more details, see the relevant description.
In 2018 we organised one August workshop, which was attended by talented and enthusiastic interpreters from a variety of different countries.
We ran two English workshops this summer - one for interpreters and one for translators. Many thanks to everyone who helped make them such a success! A couple of people also took up our offer of combining workshop attendance with some private tuition beforehand or afterwards. Always an option for an intensive learning experience!
August in Edinburgh has begun in the usual way – temperatures in single figures and rain one day, sunshine and (slightly) higher temperatures the next. With both the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival kicking off next Friday, the city is filling up fast. The Royal Mile is already lined with buskers and other street artists and there are posters everywhere – in the EIF’s case, usually Juliette Binoche staring at you; in the Fringe’s case, some comedian shouting at you. The International Festival is living up to its name, with top-class ensembles and soloists from all over the world, while the Fringe gives little-known and often totally unknown artists a chance to perform to a wider audience and perhaps be discovered. The Fringe is bigger than ever this year, with a programme approaching the dimensions of the Edinburgh telephone directory, so there should be something there for everyone. However, for those less interested in the performing arts, there are numerous exhibitions in the city’s museums and galleries, and for those few who don’t heave a sigh of relief when parliament adjourns for the summer recess, there’s a Festival of Politics, too.
One last word to anyone joining us for one of our workshops this summer: do bring along suitable clothing. The natives may be wearing t-shirts, but I saw a couple of tourists wearing gloves the other day. (Perhaps “summer” is the wrong word for this season in this part of the world. Think winter in the Mediterranean, but with more hours of daylight, and you’ll get the general idea.) And don’t forget an adapter for your electrical equipment, by the way.
We’re looking forward to meeting new participants and greeting “old” ones here in Edinburgh, but wherever you go this summer, we hope you have a good time.
Learning in this inspiring city is a very special experience, and, judging by the rising number of visitors and incomers, there is little need to “sell” Edinburgh. Nevertheless, here are just some of the many reasons for a visit:
Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe
Edinburgh is a centre of culture – not only at Festival time
Edinburgh is the world’s first UNESCO city of literature
Edinburgh has the best restaurant scene in the UK outside London
Edinburgh is an ideal starting point for a holiday in Scotland.