Transcreation: Translating A Language You Don't Know?

Transcreation: Translating A Language You Don't Know?



31 Oct, Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Festival Pass Event



This session is in English


Wahid Al Mamun


How do you translate a language you have little or no knowledge of? Is it possible to bridge the language barrier with Google Translate alone? Are you making a mockery of the craft of translation? Four translators/transcreators guide you through the art of transcreation from their experience with a unique project with Cordite Poetry Review.

This is a live session.

This programme is co-presented with Sing Lit Station. Visit to register for this workshop from 19 October. Registration will close two days before the programme or when registration is full.


Alvin Pang


Alvin Pang is a poet and editor based in Singapore. Featured in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English and The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, he has been published internationally in more than 20 languages. He has curated numerous volumes of Singaporean writing, including: No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry, Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore, and Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia. His latest titles include WHAT HAPPENED: Poems 1997-2017 and UNINTERRUPTED TIME. He completed a PhD in creative writing practice with RMIT University in 2020.

Photo Credit: Jared Ho

Alvin Pang is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Joshua Ip


Joshua Ip is a poet, editor, and literary organiser. He has published four poetry collections and edited nine anthologies. More recently, he has been working on a series of formal translations of Chinese poetry by Pan Shou and French poetry by Pierre Vinclair. He has won the Singapore Literature Prize, Golden Point Award, and received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council (Singapore) in 2017. He co-founded Sing Lit Station, an over-active literary charity that runs community initiatives including SingPoWriMo, Manuscript Bootcamp, and Find out more at

Joshua Ip is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Xiao Ting


Teo Xiao Ting plays with words and its related resonances. Her practice, at this point, integrates various forms of intimacies and daily life through responding to the arts in writing. Find out more at

Photo Credit: Aleithia Low