European Literature Network

"Shadow Heroes is a series of challenging extra-curricular workshops all about translation. It is the only such project aimed at GCSE-level students of all languages including English. Taught by professional translators, the series are tailor-made to suit each school’s and student group’s needs and interests. The workshops stretch and enthuse students, and develop their language manipulation skills to make them top-flight communicators whatever career they choose to pursue."

Words Without Borders

"Sophie Lewis and Gitanjali Patel have developed and are currently leading an extra-curricular workshop series called Shadow Heroes* after Paul Auster’s observation that “Translators are the shadow heroes of literature, who have enabled us to understand that we all, from every part of the world, live in one world." Lewis and Patel lead workshops in schools to help students develop their translation skills in different media, including literature, film and music. Lewis comments, “Translation is never 'simply' literary, from written text A to written text B or from discrete national language C to discrete national language D. Creating resources that illustrate and enact this in new, involving ways is something we will always be trying to do in new, improved ways.” "

Writers' Center Norwich

"WCN Associate Programme Director Kate Griffin chaired a panel on how the career of the literary translator as we know it has been changing over the last year through new opportunities, working models and self-initiated sidelines. With Jen Calleya (British Library Translator in Residence), Ruth Clarke of The Starling Bureau and Gitanjali Patel (Co-Founder of Shadow Heroes)"