David Short

Born 1943 in Prestbury, UK. He graduated in Russian and French from the University of Birmingham (1965) and went on to study at the Arts Faculty of Charles University Prague (1966-69) and at the School of Oriental and African Studies London (1976). At London University’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (later merged with University College London), he taught Czech and Slovak languages for almost four decades, retiring in 2011. He has worked as a translator, interpreter and editor, published a number of books, including one of the standard textbooks of Czech, and co-authored a number of publications in the fields of lexicography and linguistics. In the past he also cooperated with Czech Centre London, and with London’s Royal Court Theatre at its international workshops.


Title Author Year Publisher Awards
Why I Write Bohumil Hrabal 2019 Karolinum Press
Dodgeball Michal Viewegh 2018 Pálava Publishing
Burying the Season Antonín Bajaja 2016 Jantar Publishing
God’s Rainbow Jaroslav Durych 2016 Karolinum Press
Bliss was it in Bohemia Michal Viewegh 2015 Jantar Publishing
Prague. I see a city… Daniela Hodrová 2015 Jantar Publishing
The Sound of the Sundial Hana Andronikova 2015 Plamen Press
Rambling On: An Apprentice’s Guide to the Gift of the Gab Bohumil Hrabal 2014 Karolinum Press
The Angel-maker Michal Mareš 2011 Jantar Publishing
Gargling with Tar Jáchym Topol 2010 Portobello Books
Everyday Spooks Karel Michal 2009 Karolinum Press
Pirouettes on a Postage Stamp Bohumil Hrabal 2008 Karolinum Press
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders Vítězslav Nezval 2005 Twisted Spoon Press