‘Translation, Everywhere’ Photo Contest

‘Translation, Everywhere’ Photo Contest

Literary translators don’t exist. That’s what you’d often think from looking at the press, book reviews, book covers… You’d think books are magically written in all sorts of languages at the drop of a hat. Shakespeare wrote his sonnets in English, but they are read all over the world in Russian, German, Swedish, Catalan… So literary translators do exist. Help make us visible!

CEATL, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations (www.ceatl.eu), is calling on amateur photographers to create sparky and clever photographs reflecting the existence and importance of literary translators, their challenges, and their role in literature. Any topic can be used, as long as it is in some way related to literary translation. One digital picture per participant will be accepted, and a 200 Euro voucher for dinner and books will be awarded for the winner before International Translation Day, 30 September 2015. […]

Tenth anniversary of Translation House Looren marked with literature and music

Tenth anniversary of Translation House Looren marked with literature and music

Since 2005, Translation House Looren in Switzerland has been hosting literary translators, organising workshops in literary translation, and providing readings for the general public.

To mark its 10th anniversary, actors Claudia Carigiet and Jürg Kienberger have created a multilingual literary and musical program entitled Teufelsbrücken (‘Devil’s Bridges’). The programme will have its premiere on 5 September in Looren, and will then tour Switzerland until 17 December 2015. […]

Prix lémanique for translation goes to Holger Fock and Jean-Yves Masson

Prix lémanique for translation goes to Holger Fock and Jean-Yves Masson

The 2015 Prix lémanique for translation will be awarded to the translators Holger Fock and Jean-Yves Masson.

In addition to being President of CEATL Holger Fock is a German translator of literary fiction and non-fiction from French and has translated authors such as Patrick Deville, Andreï Makine, André Breton, Tahar Djaout and Théophile Gautier.

Jean-Yves Masson has translated into French work by many German-language writers, including Rainer Maria Rilke, Stefan George, Eduard Mörike, Arthur Schnitzler, Ödön von Horváth and Heinrich von Kleist. […]

Slovenia hosts 12th Pranger Festival on poetry and translation

Slovenia hosts 12th Pranger Festival on poetry and translation

This year’s Pranger Festival, a gathering of poets, critics and translators of poetry, was held from 30 June to 5 July in the towns of Rogaška Slatina, Šmarje pri Jelšah and Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Each year at the Festival three critics each choose three collections of Slovene poetry published in the previous year that they consider to be worth debating. Their choices can be either because of what they consider to be positive or a negative aspects of the collections or for other aesthetic or philosophical reasons. The authors of the nine selected collections of poetry and the translators of the books are invited to participate in the debates. The organisers and participants are particularly concerned to go beyond the realm of ‘pillorying’ (pranger in Slovene means ‘pillory’) and to cultivate a high level of respectful criticism. During the this year’s festival, several debates about poetry and related subjects, along with the selected books of poetry and some translations of them into Spanish were discussed. […]

The 2015 Lavrin prize for the translation of Slovenian literature goes to Michael Biggins

The 2015 Lavrin prize for the translation of Slovenian literature goes to Michael Biggins

The Society of Slovene Literary Translators has named affiliate professor and Slavic librarian Michael Biggins as the recipient of the Janko Lavrin Prize. The prize is awarded annually to honour an individual who has made a significant contribution to the translation of Slovene literature internationally. Michael Biggins is the English translator of more than fifteen major, book-length works of 20th- and 21st-century Slovene literature, including texts by Drago Jančar, Tomaž Šalamun and Vladimir Bartol. […]

Reda report : comparative chart showing the main articles regarding the book industry

Reda report : comparative chart showing the main articles regarding the book industry

While Julia Reda called for a hasty harmonisation and the inconsiderate broadening of exceptions that would all have been made mandatory (thus endangering both the book industry and the rights of authors on their work), the European Parliament consistently calls for the respect of cultural diversity, of national circumstances and of the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity, as well as for targeted and balanced measures based on careful impact studies and taking into account the need to remunerate or compensate creators for any use of their works. […]

Press release on the vote of the amended Reda report by the European parliament

Press release on the vote of the amended Reda report by the European parliament

Following the vote of the European Parliament on the report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC on copyright (also known as the “Reda report”), CEATL (European Counsil of Literary Translators’ Associations):

* welcomes the fact the European Parliament has profoundly revised the draft report initially prepared by the Pirate deputy Julia Reda, both in its spirit and in the detail of the proposed reforms (see on our website the comparative chart for the main provisions touching the book industry). In fact, the final report forcefully and repeatedly reasserts the importance of copyright as a source of economic wealth for Europe and as the tangible means of ensuring that creators are remunerated and that the creative process is funded. […]

German author and Winnie-the-Pooh translator Harry Rowohlt (1945-2015) dies

German author and Winnie-the-Pooh translator Harry Rowohlt (1945-2015) dies

On 15 June 2015 German translator, author and actor Harry Rowohlt died.

Rowohlt established his reputation as a translator with Pu der Bär, his insightful and humorous translation of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Many literary translations would follow. In total he translated over 200 English works into German, among them books by Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Frank McCourt, Robert Crumb, David Sedaris, James Joyce and Leonard Cohen. […]

Leipzig Book Fair Translation Prize 2015 awarded to Mirjam Pressler

Leipzig Book Fair Translation Prize 2015 awarded to Mirjam Pressler

The 2015 Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Translation has been awarded to Mirjam Pressler for her German translation of Amos Oz’s novel Judas. The Jury commended her work for its natural tonality and for conveying an intimate atmosphere against the backdrop of momentous socio-political events. Mirjam Pressler is an author in her own right, as well as being a translator of Hebrew, English and Dutch literature. She is a winner of the German Children’s Literature Award, the Carl-Zuckmayr Medal and the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal. […]