A poet laureate (and rapper) for translators


Did you know that we translators have our own poet laureate — who’s also a pretty mean rapper?

Here’s a sample:

The deadline

Ten thousand words for Friday
OK that should be fine

Two thousand words a day
A good steady pace I must say

Day one and all is going fine
It’s telly tonight with a glass of wine

Day two and a favourite client asks
Would I have time for a couple of tasks?

Did our translator make the deadline? Find out at Chatter and Verse, the new blog by Alison Hughes devoted to “‘poems’ about situations we translators, indeed freelancers in general, often face”.

And here’s The Translator’s Rap, again by Alison. Watch your back, Carol Anne Duffy!

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