Kenilworth, Saturday 20th January 2018 11:30 a.m.

The first walk of 2018 is based on the historic town of Kenilworth and its mediaeval castle. Although 7 miles in length, it is an easy walk with no stiles, and no climbs or descents of any note. We will be walking along a disused railway track or quiet tarmaced lanes for half of the walk. The remainder of the walk (the second half) will be on public footpaths across fields, where it can get muddy and slippery. If the weather turns nasty, or someone needs to get home earlier, there is the possibility of shortening the walk to around 4 miles by leaving the disused railway track and walking on the pavement along Red Lane back to Kenilworth; however, taking this short cut will mean missing the splendid views of Kenilworth Castle.

We leave the car park and walk through Old Kenilworth passing the ruins of its Abbey on the way. We then walk along Hollis Lane, a quiet country byway with a broad verge, to join the Coventry Way, a disused railway line. We will stop for a lunch break just before we leave the old line at Burton Green. We then head south west towards Rudfyn Manor. We need to take care when crossing the busy Birmingham Road, the A452, in order to reach the drive to the Manor. At the Manor, we turn south east and have our first view of Kenilworth Castle, away in the distance. We gradually approach the Castle from the north west and encircle its ramparts before finishing back at our starting point. Take care again when we leave the English Heritage car park and have to cross the B4103 very close to the finish. 

Meeting point and Parking: We will start from the Queen & Castle pub at 11:30, where I have made a provisional booking for us to eat/drink. The address is:
 Queen & Castle, Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1ND
Because the pub is directly opposite the castle, there is a charge of £ 6.00 to park there all day. However if you later place a first order in the pub they will refund you £ 2.00 of the parking charge upon presentation of your ticket. We will be able to use their toilets etc. on arrival.
There is alternative parking in:
Abbey Fields Car Park, Bridge Street, Kenilworth CV8 1BP
Parking here costs just £ 2.00 for 4 hours, £ 2.50 for 5 hours, £ 3.00 for 6 hours. Toilets are available in the swimming pool at the far end of the car park. If you choose to park here (it seems to be a popular, relatively small car park), and you cannot find your way to our starting point at The Queen & Castle, do not despair, we will be walking through this car park 10 minutes into the walk and you can join us at that point.
There is still further parking at the:
English Heritage Castle car park at CV8 1NG
 I do not know how much it costs to park here, because at the time of my visit the parking meters were being replaced and it does not say on the website what the parking charges are. When you drive to the EH Castle car park you will pass the Queen & Castle pub so you will know where to meet up with us.
Walking boots or stout footwear are recommended on this walk. Also please ensure dogs are kept on the lead as sheep and cattle may be grazing.
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is welcome but participants must consider themselves to be on a private excursion - neither the organisers nor the ITI West Midlands Group can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved. 

!!New Date!!
An ITI West Midlands Group event at Aston University
23 November 2017 -  2pm
Room MB108


Short outline: International NGOs work in highly multilingual contexts, yet languages and translation tend to have a low profile in these organisations, with language and translation policies often not being in place. This talk will explore the role of translation in the delivery of development programmes by drawing on data collected through interviews with staff at four international UK-based development NGOs, including translators and bilingual staff whose main task is not translation.

Wine is working as a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Reading on the AHRC-project "The Listening Zones of NGOs: languages and cultural knowledge in development programmes", led by Professor Hilary Footitt. The project is led by Reading University with the University of Portsmouth and the International NGO training and Research Centre (INTRAC), Oxford.

Maha El-Metwally:  DANGER ZONE - a Presentation by Maha El-Metwally

The talk will tackle the situation of interpreters in Afghanistan and Iraq, the responsibility of the UK and the US towards them and the work of Red T and other organisations that work to help them.
Maha is a conference interpreter and translator who, over the past 17 years, hase worked for a wide range of international organisations, including the European Institutions, the United Nations and the Red Cross. Her languages are Arabic (A), English (B), French and Dutch (C). She is a member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), ITI and the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Followed by networking and lunch (location to be decided)
Cost £5.00, students free.

To register, please email Ulrike,

Carsington, Saturday 15th July 2017 11:30 a.m.

This year's summer walk is based in the vicinity of Carsington Water in the Derbyshire Dales, just outside the boundaries of the Peak District National Park. The walk offers a variety of terrain, spectacular views, and industrial archaeology. There will be a lunch-break at Middleton Top Engine House, where there is a small café and toilets.
The walk is just under 6½  miles in total and is divided into three stages.
For the first stage we pass through the pretty hamlets of Carsington and Hopton and then walk steadily uphill, covering 100 metres of vertical ascent in total, to reach Middleton Top The climb takes us across gated sheep pastures and past old mine workings. There are a couple of stiles on the ascent but most of the field boundaries are marked by well-maintained gates or steps in the stone wall.
For the second stage we head westwards along the High Peak Trail, a former railway line now converted to a wide footpath and cycle track. We pass through a tunnel. After about 2 miles of easy walking we leave the Trail and turn left.
For the third stage we head southwards with spectacular views of Carsington Water ahead of us. We pass a wind farm and will pause briefly at the King's Chair, before descending steeply back to our starting point.
Meeting point: The car park of The Miner's Arms, Main Road, Carsington, Derbyshire DE4 4DE.  The landlord has kindly offered use of his facilities (toilets, free parking, coffee/tea etc.) when we arrive, and we can eat at the pub afterwards if we so wish.
Walking boots or stout footwear are essential on this walk. Also please ensure dogs are kept on the lead as sheep and cattle may be grazing.
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is welcome but participants must consider themselves to be on a private excursion - neither the organisers nor the ITI West Midlands Group can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved. 


Friday 7 April 2017 at Aston University

                               2pm Room MB220

It's all Tweet to me.
Social media as a way of finding or avoiding translation work

A panel discussion on the merits or otherwise of social media applied to our industry.

"Ensuring quality and social media". Our goal is to have a diverse discussion on whether social media like Twitter can contribute to quality (in translation) or whether they are merely a phenomenon illustrating that the "loudest" person "wins".

We expect to start at 2pm, with a quick introduction of the panel members.
Starting with several prepared questions, we hope to engender a lively and interesting debate.
The panel discussion is expected to last for about one hour and then we will open it up and invite questions from the audience or panel members themselves, for about 40 minutes.

Ulrike Nichols will act as moderator, and our panel consists of:

David Orrego-Carmona – Lecturer in Translation Studies, Aston University 
James Brown - Comtec Translations
Mike Hanson -  freelance French-English translator, occasional user of social media
Jakub Sacharczuk – freelance interpreter and on the ITI board

And, hopefully, Angela Dickson -  ITI board member


The panel debate will be followed by the ITI West Midlands Group AGM at about 4.30 pm


Ludlow, Saturday 4 February 11.30am 

This year’s winter walk takes us through the historic town of Ludlow and northwards up the Teme Valley. We’ll have a stop half-way round at the Ludlow Food Centre (good farm shop, takeaway drinks, toilets). The walk is about 6½ miles long and fairly flat though it is likely to be muddy. We’ll set off from the Buttercross at the top of Broad Street in the middle of Ludlow at 11.30. There’s plenty of pay carparks in the town (best to pay for more than 4 hours). Why not come early and meet me for a coffee at nearby Costa Coffee? Or stay on after the walk and explore Ludlow, one of England’s finest old towns. Bring a snack to eat at the halfway stop on the walk if you want but some of us may choose to eat a meal afterwards. The walk will go ahead if the weather is rainy but if snow is forecast I will post email updates.

Please let us know via the e-group if you plan to come or contact me direct if you have any particular concerns or queries.

For more on Ludlow, see

On a personal note, the 2017 WMG walks are likely to be my last because I am planning to move back to the North-West later this year. Fortunately a volunteer has already come forward to take over as walks organiser – Clive Walker, who many of you will already know as our photographer on recent walks. Clive is an experienced walks leader and is based in Tamworth, giving the group the opportunity to explore the northern and eastern sides of our region more.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is welcome but participants must consider themselves to be on a private excursion – neither the organisers nor the ITI West Midlands Group can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved.

Mike Hanson


Police Interpreting, Police Interviewing and Witness Statement Taking with Kate Haworth, Krzysztof Kredens and Simon Smith

The event will take place at Aston University in Birmingham City Centre
on Friday 11 November 2016, 10am-5pm

Cost: WMG member £60, ITI member £70, Non-ITI member £85, Student £50
To book your place please email

09:30 - 10:00 Arrival, registration, tea and coffee
10:00 - 11:00 Presentation by Dr Kate Howarth of Aston University on "Police interview interaction: an interpreting challenge"
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:00 Dr Krzysztof Kredens of Aston University will lead a workshop to build on Dr Howarth's presentation.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:15 Presentation by Simon Smith of ZAKON Training on "Taking witness statements"
15:15 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00 Workshop practising statement taking.

Dr Kate Haworth has a PhD in Forensic Linguistics, and is also a barrister. She practised both civil and criminal law, and spent two years working in legislative drafting at the Parliamentary Counsel Office, Whitehall. Pursuing a long-standing interest in the language of legal contexts, she subsequently moved to the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, from where she received an MA in Applied Linguistics, before completing her ESRC-funded PhD thesis on police interview discourse and its roles in the judicial process. Her research interests include all aspects of language and the law, especially language as evidence. At Aston she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Forensic Linguistics, as well as pursues further research on police interviews.

Dr Krzysztof Kredens received his MA in English Studies and PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Lodz. Formerly a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Department of English at Birmingham University, he is now a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the School of Languages and Social Sciences, and CFL Deputy Director. His academic interests include corpus linguistics, translation studies and social applications of linguistics. His main research interest lies with language and the law, as evidenced by his numerous publications and conference papers in the area. He is particularly interested in the linguistics of the individual speaker and its implications for forensic authorship analysis. He is a native speaker of Polish and provides expert linguist reports for both Polish and English.

Simon Smith has over 20 years policing experience investigating major, serious and complex crime as a detective.
He has been deployed in a variety of roles, and in particular has highly developed skills as a police interviewer, being qualified to the highest possible level as a level 2 advanced interview adviser.
As well as being a qualified teacher and assessor, Simon won an academic award for his research into eyewitness memory and the cognitive interview and still advises on live serious crime cases.
Alongside his volunteer work as Director at a School Academy, Simon teaches vulnerable groups to ski and he also loves cycling and the great outdoors.

Music and Translation in Opera, Music Theatre and Popular Music

with John Lloyd Davies and Professor Klaus Kaindl

A joint event between ITI West Midlands Group & ITI Arts, Media and Tourism
9 June 2016, Birmingham Conservatoire,10am-4pm

Cost, including lunch: £60 for WMG/MAT members; £70 for ITI members, £85 for non-members and £50 for students

To register, please email Juliet Hammond-Smith or Ulrike Nichols 
This day is dedicated quite literally to making words sing. How often do we actually think about the sound we are creating when translating? In the beautiful surroundings of the Birmingham Conservatoire we are planning a day filled with music and thoughts on translating its words.

The Speakers
John Lloyd Davies

International dramaturge and opera director, John Lloyd Davies presents an interactive talk titled Singing with Other Voices - translation in Opera and Music-Theatre that investigates the job of the opera translator and asks whether they have a greater duty to the ‘musical’ integrity of the original than to its strict ‘dictionary’ accuracy. Drawing on numerous recordings from across the repertoire the session will also explore how we receive meaning verbally and musically, what sung words need to achieve, the challenges of translating minority language operas, and what future movements of translation in opera might look like.

Professor Klaus Kaindl

Klaus Kaindl is an Associate Professor at Centre for Translation Studies in Vienna/Austria. His research interests are the translation of multimodal/multimedial texts (opera, comics, popular music), translation theory, translation sociology and fictional representations of translators and interpreters.  He has published numerous articles and books on these topics. 

His talk is titled "Go and fetch the Ferrari": Opera translation as Movement, and Professor Kaindl is inviting us along on a journey investigating translations of opera and popular music.

The talks will be followed by hands-on translation workshops to challenge ourselves to maybe try out a different professional niche or discover a new passion.


WMG Summer Walk

Staffordshire Moorlands, Saturday 25 June 2016

This summer’s walk is only a few miles away from Alton Towers but is in the peaceful and rural landscape of Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland” – the Churnet Valley, along which runs a river, a canal and a railway but no road. The walk is around 7 miles long and there are a couple of stiff but not difficult uphill sections in the first half, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

It's a bit further afield than usual but the 50 mile journey from Birmingham is worth it to enjoy the Pennine skyline (weather permitting) and steep wooded valleys. This is a linear walk i.e. the starting and finishing points are not the same, so we’ll use the Churnet Valley Railway, leaving our cars at Froghall station (ST10 2HA) and catch the 11.10 train to reach our starting point at Cheddleton station (ST13 7EG), setting off from there at 12 noon. Adult single fare is £6.50. Meet in the tearoom at Froghall station from 10.30 onwards.

The best way to get to Froghall from Birmingham is M6 northwards to J14, then A34 northwards to Stone, then A520 towards Leek. Turn right onto A52 at Cellarhead, then keep following A52 (towards Alton Towers but NOT Cheadle), passing through the village of Kingsley, and you will eventually reach the railway at the bottom of a hill, on the right-hand side. Overflow parking if necessary across the bridge, also on the right-hand side.

Alternatively if you don’t want to take the train or if you miss it, you can meet us at Cheddleton but you’ll then need to get someone to take you back there at the end of the walk.

Bring a picnic lunch and (being optimistic) sun cream, a hat and plenty of water.

Please let me know via the e-group if you plan to come or contact me direct if you have any particular concerns or queries. In view of the distance, lift sharing is encouraged.

For further information on the area, see

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is welcome but participants must consider themselves to be on a private excursion – neither the organisers nor the ITI West Midlands Group can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved.

Mike Hanson

WMG Winter Walk

Stratford-on-Avon, Saturday 30 January 2016

As winter walks are vulnerable to bad weather
and travel disruption, this location has been chosen with easy access in mind. Stratford has good road and rail
connections, and even if the weather is bad we should find plenty to do as it’s one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations (no introduction needed).

The walk is between 6 and 7 miles long, but with a figure-of-eight configuration (northwards to Welcombe Hills Country Park then southwards along the Avon valley), so you can drop out halfway through if you want. It’s fairly flat, with some gentle climbing in the first half. Boots essential. The route may be changed in the event of severe weather.

Meet for a prompt 11am departure outside the  Stratford Visitor Information Centre on Bridgefoot, close to the River Avon and the canal (post code CV37 6GW). There is plenty of parking in Stratford though not in the immediate vicinity of the starting point. Stratford train station is about 10 minutes walk away, with trains to/from Birmingham Snow Hill or Moor St every half hour (journey time 45 or 55 mins).

If you are in good time, join me beforehand across the road at the coffee shop in Cox’s Yard, by the pedestrian bridge over the river. Bring refreshments to eat/drink en route but we won’t stop for long as it’s likely to be cold. Those of us who want to can go for a pub meal afterwards.

Please let us know via the e-group if you plan to come or contact me direct if you have any particular concerns or queries.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is welcome but participants must consider themselves to be on a private excursion – neither the organisers nor the ITI West Midlands Group can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved.

Mike Hanson

WMG 10th Anniversary Walk in the Severn Valley

Saturday 18 July 2015

This walk will be our 20th since the WMG revival, and follows a route similar to our first walk in July 2005 (the exact route cannot be repeated as the ferry across the River Severn is no longer in operation).
The meeting place is the Severn Valley Country Park near Alveley, Shropshire, which is signposted off the A442 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth road. See link here
The postcode is WV15 6NG but follow signs and/or map for the last half mile as SatNav will not take you all the way to this rural destination. Parking costs £1.70 for the day and there are toilets and a café, where we will meet from 12 noon onwards, ready for a 12.30 departure.

The walk is 6½ miles long and mainly flat, with one uphill section half-way through, and a couple of high stiles. We’ll walk down to the river and across the footbridge, then follow the riverside path along the Severn from Highley to Arley. Here we will cross back over the river and walk up to the cafe at Arley Arboretum, stopping for refreshments. Going back, we follow a higher level route across fields and along country lanes, with fine views across the river valley, the Wyre Forest and the Shropshire Hills.
Anyone who wishes to drop out half-way through can catch the steam train back from Arley to Highley, and walk back up the hill to the country park. If there is heavy rain on the day, or if the riverside path has been left very muddy by rain in the days leading up to the walk, the whole group will catch the train from Highley to Arley (single fare: £3.50) and do just the second part of the walk.
Bring boots/sturdy shoes, plenty of water to drink and a hat and sun-cream if the weather is sunny, also a snack in case you get hungry. Please contact me if you have any particular concerns or queries.

NOTE: Everyone is welcome but participants must consider themselves to be on a private excursion – neither the organisers nor the ITI West Midlands Group can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved.
Questions: Please contact Mike Hanson 07941-389990 

Interpreting Workshop

What interpreters and translators have always wanted to know about interpreting

When: Thursday, 11 June 10am-5pm
Where: Aston University, Birmingham, Room MB404A and MB404B (Main Building, 4th Floor)

A day dedicated to interpreting.
Our guests are Eva Lohwasser, a freelance interpreter and translator who has done research on retour interpreting and Dr. Yvonne Fowler from the Department of Forensic Linguistics at Aston University.



9:30-10:00 Coffee, welcome
10:00-11.00 Eva Lohwasser: “Interpreting both ways (retour) and 
                      its Implications for CPD”
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Workshop 1

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Dr Yvonne Fowler: “Towards a definition of success
                      in public service interpreting”
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 Workshop 2

Cost: £30 for WMG members, £35 for non-members, £30 for non-Aston students  (includes break refreshments and lunch).
The event is free for Aston students. However, for students wishing to remain for lunch and so participate fully in the discussions, the cost is £10.

For further details or to request a booking form, please email Juliet Hammond-Smith.