Last October I was invited to speak at Wake Forest University in North Carolina to graduate students in the Translation and Interpreting Studies Programme. I spoke about the relationship between speechwriters and interpreters and how both should learn how the other operates.

As a Speechwriter, when I am writing for Interpreters I use different language than when I am writing to a native audience. Equally, if an Interpreter understands how speeches are structured, they can, to an extent, pre-empt how a speech might develop.

The audience was very receptive and asked lots of challenging questions. After the lecture, I also ran a workshop for some of the students. I am very grateful to Wake Forest for inviting me to speak and I look forward to visiting again soon.


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