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Write Only What You Want to Write

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by Martina Krénová

edited by Blanka Šustrová

 

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© Laura Dockrill, HarperCollins

Such are the words of Laura Dockrill who was kind enough to spare a few minutes to answer our questions. Writing is only one of her many accomplishments as she is a woman of numerous talents; apart from being an author, Laura is also a performer and an illustrator. Laura’s works cover various genres, diverse characters, but they all have a few things in common: a creative spirit and an empathy towards all the heroes and heroines, whether feisty or insecure ones. It is not difficult to find yourself in any of her works, because even though her characters come from different worlds, they all have quite ordinary struggles. And when Laura starts to perform poems, the rhythm of her performance draws you in. Whether you are an aspiring artist or “just” a reader, she has the power to reach and inspire you.

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Translating for Children Means Greater Responsibility

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An Interview with Filip Krajník, the Czech Translator of the Darcy Burdock Series

by Martina Krénová

edited by Blanka Šustrová

 

You are the translator of Laura Dockrill’s Darcy Burdock series. Why did you choose to translate a series for pre-teen girls? Tell us the backstory.

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© Laura Dockrill; Corgi ,Transworld Publishers, The Random House Group

Actually, it wasn’t me who made the choice. I’d love to say that the book chose me or something like that to create a bit of cheap dramatic effect, but the truth is that I was chosen by the Czech publisher. More than two years ago, I stopped by the offices of Argo publishing house in Prague to discuss some translation I was doing for them at the time and decided to make use of the opportunity and say hi to Alena Pokorná, the editor in chief of Argo’s children’s department. She has an absolutely wonderful office in the attic of the building, with many bookshelves filled with children’s books – one of the most beautiful workplaces I’ve ever seen. I don’t actually remember what happened there, but I do recall myself leaving Alena’s office about half an hour later with a little blue book with some weird girl and a sheep on the cover which I promised to translate without actually having read a single word of it. When I arrived home, I opened the book and after a couple of pages my thoughts were like, “Oh my God! I’ve just made the biggest, fattest mistake in my life! I can’t translate this – this is a book for GIRLS. Narrated by a girl. Who is ten and paints her fingernails different colours. And yes, she’s totally CRAZY!” But then I learned that Darcy, the book’s eponymous narrator, hated mushrooms – which I despise as well – so I decided to give it a try. (Laughs.) Keep Reading

I love to see my students move on!

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Interview with Bára Kratochvílová

By Lucie Horáková

In the spring issue of Re:Views we present you with another inspiring story of a KAA student who has made it in the professional world and managed to use the knowledge and skills acquired at KAA to make a career. Barbora Kratochvílová, a perspective owner of a language school and a passionate teacher, proves that language teaching does not have to be something KAA students do only to pay the bills, but something that can become a real career and a vocation too.

 

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The Power of the Approach

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Interview with Filip Drlík

by Lucie Horáková

 

Have you ever been asked that annoying question “And what on earth are you going to do with your degree?” I bet that everyone of us has had to answer it at some point. Maybe you were overcome by the sense of despair, fearing that studying English is just a waste of time, as the general public seems to think. But fear not. Not only that studying at KAA broadens your horizons and provides you with invaluable knowledge, but the skills you learn here are perfectly applicable in the “real world out there”, too. What more – with enough diligence and courage you can start your career already during your studies! Meet Filip Drlík, 28, a student of the master degree program in translation at KAA, who managed just that. He pursued his goal of becoming a translator of fiction and succeeded. In this interview you can read about his way to literary translation, the practical site of being a translator of fiction, the importance of translation studies and many more.

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Filip Drlík with Peter May at the Authors’s Reading Month. Courtesy of David Konečný.

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Neither Naff Nor Eggy

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Interview with Jeff Smith

By Tereza Pavlíková and Blanka Šustrová

 

Since Re:Views would be incomplete without interviews, we decided to introduce a member of the Department staff in every issue of the magazine and ask them about their work, interests and opinions. For the first issue we picked Jeff Smith, a scholar, theatre director, filmmaker – in short a truly Renaissance man. Jeff has been working at the Department for over a year. He told us about his work as well as the Gypsywood Players, theatre, Shakespeare and Lego animation. Keep Reading

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