Writers’ Centre Norwich are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative designer to lead on the redesign of the translation journal In Other Words (currently 100pp in A5 format).

In Other Words is a national translation journal for practising literary translators and everyone interested in the craft of literary translation. It was founded in 1992 by Peter Bush and published by the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) until 2015, when Writers’ Centre Norwich took responsibility for the BCLT’s public programmes, including the publication of this prestigious magazine. Today, In Other Words is published twice a year, in May and November, and includes regular features such as ‘Translators at work’, ‘International perspectives’, and the annual Sebald lecture.

Now, Writers’ Centre Norwich are looking for a designer to review and develop the design of In Other Words, with the aim of creating a contemporary and dynamic new look, in keeping with the Writers’ Centre Norwich brand, and encapsulating the art and craft of international literary translation. This will be a standalone job, to create a new design template into which copy for future issues of the journal can be inputted, and advise on any editorial and management procedures that may need to be adopted.

Key tasks

  • Review the current design of In Other Words, including research into the designs of comparative translation or literary journals, such as Wasafiri, PN Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Paris Review, Five Dials and other such journals.
  • Propose new designs to the In Other Words editorial board.
  • Develop both print-ready and digital-ready layout templates and image treatment templates, into which copy for future issues of In Other Words can be inputted by WCN and IOW staff.

Person specification


  • Strong IT skills, including Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
  • A comprehensive portfolio which demonstrates an imaginative and versatile approach towards design.
  • Organised and efficient; able to work to tight deadlines.
  • Great interpersonal skills, with a flexible and approachable attitude, and the ability to work well through a period of change and development.
  • An interest in literature/translation is desirable.



  • Application deadline – Friday 13th January 2017.
  • Applicants will need to make sure they are available for a shortlisting meeting on Thursday 19th January 2017.
  • Appointment will be made on Friday 20th January 2017.
  • First proposals should be submitted to the IOW editorial board January/February 2017.
  • Design meetings will continue throughout February.
  • Final design should be developed by the end of February 2017.






To apply, please submit your CV, a covering letter outlining why you meet the requirements for the role, and a PDF portfolio/web link of your work to iow@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk, by Friday 13th January 2017. Please note that we will be unable to enter into individual correspondence with unsuccessful applicants.

If you would like to have a confidential discussion about the role with Jonathan Morley, Programme Director at Writers’ Centre Norwich, please email jonathan.morley@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk to arrange a convenient time to speak.