In 2007, the Amazon group refused to pay a private copying levy on recording media sold online to customers in Austria. Amazon was taken to court by the Austrian collective management organisation Austro-Mechana (http://www NULL.akm NULL.at/) and found liable by the European Court of Justice to pay the levy. →
The newly founded European School of Literary Translation (ESLT) aims to support professional literary translation by creating a sustainable pan-European infrastructure for the education of literary translation teachers. ESLT will contribute to enhancing the quality of literary translations and, consequently, to the promotion of European cultural and literary diversity and the European ideal of a shared European culture. →
The Icelandic Literature Center and The Writers’ Union of Iceland offer residency grants (http://www NULL.islit NULL.is/en/grants/) for translators of Icelandic literature. Successful applicants will be granted residencies of two to four weeks in Gunnarshús (the writers’ residence in Reykjavík) in 2018, except for June-August.
The grant includes travel expenses, housing and a sum of ISK 30.000 per week – to cover living expenses during the stay. →
The Swedish Writers’ Union (http://www NULL.forfattarforbundet NULL.se/) and the Swedish Publishers’ Association agreed on a collective Model Contract for translators several decades ago. The contract has been re-negotiated a few times, but it has generally been respected and practiced in almost all cases where publishers have commissioned literary translations, whether the translator or the publisher have been members of the organizations that signed the contract or not. →
The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic has increased its support for the publication of Czech literature abroad. The terms of the new Support Programme allow for claims of up to 70% of the total cost of publishing . Within the application for a grant to publish the translation of a complete book, it is possible to ask for a
- translation grant (up to 50% of the total cost of publishing)
- cover design costs, graphic design, typesetting, printing (up to 50% of the total cost of publishing)
- copyright costs (up to 15% of the total cost of publishing) and
- promotion costs (up to 25% of the total cost of publishing).
On 12-13 April 2018 the Department of English of the University of Extremadura in Cáceres (Spain) will organise an international conference on Beckett’s presence in Spanish cultural life over the last sixty years, with special attention to the Spanish renditions of his works.
Although almost all of Beckett’s novels, dramatic works, prose and poetic texts have been translated into Spanish, the quality of these versions varies greatly. →