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The International Summer Institute in Faroese Language and Culture inspires translators

Many of the participants in the courses of the Summer Institute in Faroese Language and Culture at the Department of Faroese Language and Literature come back for more. Matthew Landrum from Michigan, USA, participated for the third time this year.
Matthew Landrum luttók á summarskeiðinum fyri triðju ferð í ár og er farin at týða føroyskar fagurbókmentir til ensktMatthew Landrum luttók á summarskeiðinum fyri triðju ferð í ár og er farin at týða føroyskar fagurbókmentir til enskt

Many of the participants in the courses of the Summer Institute in Faroese Language and Culture at the Department of Faroese Language and Literature come back for more. Matthew Landrum from Michigan, USA, participated for the third time this year. He has learned Faroese so well that he now translates Faroese poetry and fiction into English.

Matthew says that in 2011, when he first attended the Faroese Summer Institute, he couldn’t have imagined the academic and culture avenues of exploration that it would open up: “The grammar and language lessons and expeditions and lectures in culture gave me the overview I needed to start working with Faroese poetry. Collaborating with a native speaker (the writer or another Faroese), I’ve translated works by five Faroese authors. The islands have an astonishing amount of talented writers and it’s been great to bring their work to a wider audience online and in print. Attending the Institute has been a great way to keep up my Faroese studies and to launch into projects with the aid and assistance of the faculty”.

Matthews’s translations from Faroese have appeared in e.g. The Adirondack Review and Asymptote Journal. His translation of the short-story “Rottan” by Sólrun Michelsen recently appeared in the magazine PANK.

Matthew Landrum has studied English and Creative Writing. He teaches English at Aim High School in Withmore Lake, Michigan. 

Students who pass the exam at the Summer Institute are awarded a certificate that states they have completed 10 ECTS in Faroese.

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