Eva Lüdi Kong has been awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Translation for Die Reise in den Westen (‘Travel into the West’), her translation of an at least 400 year old Chinese book. In this book, whose author is unknown, four pilgrims who have been expelled from heaven and condemned to earth, describe their travel west to honour Buddha. →
The £3000 Saif Ghobash Prize for Translation from the Arabic was won by Jonathan Wright for his translation The Bamboo Stalk by the Kuwaiti writer Saud Alsanousi.
The John Florio Prize of £2000 for Translation from the Italian went to Jamie McKendrick for his translation Archipelago by the Sardinian poet Antonella Anedda. →
‘Found in Translation’, the Gdańsk Meetings of Literary Translators, organized by the City Culture Institute, is the only Polish literary festival which is entirely focused on the art of translation. The 3rd edition of this festival will be held from 6 to 8 April in Gdańsk and will focus on great literature created in so-called small languages such as Ukrainian, Hungarian, Romanian, Czech. →
From 26 June until 1 July 2017, City, University of London, in conjunction with the Translators Association of the Society of Authors, will organise the fourth literary translation summer school, ‘Translate at City’.
The summer school offers the opportunity to translate texts across the literary genres into English, working with leading professional translators. →
The Spanish association ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/) has recently published a ‘white paper’ on book translators’ rights as authors in the digital sector.
Part of the project was already presented in 2010, and now ACE Traductores has published an addendum regarding digital publishing. It compiles the results of a survey completed by translators, with a sociological interpretation and a legal analysis. →
The Fair houses a translators’ cafe, which is offering four days of lectures on different aspects of translating children’s books, talks, and workshops.
For details of the programme, please click here (http://www NULL.bookfair NULL.bolognafiere NULL.it/en/professional-development/translators/2017-translators-cafe-programme/5834 NULL.html). →
Twenty-one translators’ associations, all members of CEATL, joined forces to create a short video to promote the importance of literary translators.
As the 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s death drew to a close, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations breathed life into the Bard of Avon’s most famous line in twenty-one European languages, and extended its best wishes for 2017. →
On 20 January 2017 a new initiative called TableT – The Table of Translators was launched in Milan, at Laboratorio Formentini (http://www NULL.laboratorioformentini NULL.it/), by translators’ associations AITI (http://www NULL.aiti NULL.org/) and STradE (http://www NULL.traduttoristrade NULL.it/). The tables, open to all translators, cover three different areas – from all languages into Italian, from a specific language into and out of Italian and tables with different themes. →
On 1 January 2017 nine European organisations (British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT (http://www NULL.bclt NULL.org NULL.uk/)), European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations (CEATL), Deutscher Übersetzerfonds (http://www NULL.uebersetzerfonds NULL.de/), Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE (https://www NULL.elte NULL.hu/en/)), Expertisecentrum Literair Vertalen (ELV (http://literairvertalen NULL.org/)), Fondazione Universitaria San Pellegrino (FUSP (http://www NULL.fusp NULL.it/en)), University of Leuven (http://www NULL.kuleuven NULL.be/english/), Nederlandse Taalunie (http://over NULL.taalunie NULL.org/dutch-language-union), Utrecht University (https://www NULL.uu NULL.nl/en)) officially launched the PETRA-E Network for the Education and Training of Literary Translators. →
To celebrate the life and work of the translator, poet and academic, Edwin Morgan, Creative Scotland is funding two free places on the six week Text and Context course at the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School to two professional translators with an interest in twentieth-century and contemporary Scottish writing. This fellowship will foster collaboration between translators with the aim of promoting Scottish Literature, in particular, to an international audience. →
From 20 to 22 June 2016, the Basque translators’ association EIZIE (http://www NULL.eizie NULL.eus/) organised the ‘Translating Exile’ workshop in Donostia/San Sebastian. Six translators participated in the workshop, which was part of the New Translators’ (http://www NULL.eizie NULL.eus/en/Jarduerak/itzultzaile_berriak) programme (for a European audience). Their work has led to two digital publications, produced by EIZIE. →
The program supports translations of canonical texts, contemporary key works in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies from Eastern to Western European languages or vice versa, or between two Eastern European languages. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or female scholars. No applications for works of fiction and poetry are being accepted. →
The Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association (ITIA (http://www NULL.translatorsassociation NULL.ie/)) awarded honorary membership to Eileen Battersby (http://www NULL.irishtimes NULL.com/profile/eileen-battersby-7 NULL.1010655), literary correspondent of the Irish Times, at the Irish Writers’ Centre on Friday 2 December. Ms Battersby was recognised for her championing of fiction in translation, raising awareness of translated novels and of translation in general, which plays such an important role in ensuring access to literature in other languages. →
On 24 November 2016, the first hearing was held in the case against the translator Necmiye Alpay, the author Aslı Erdoğan and other members of the advisory board of the now banned newspaper Özgür Gündem. The hearing took place in the court house in Çağlayan, Istanbul.
Aslı Erdoğan was arrested on 19 August 2016 and Necmiye Alpay on 31 August 2016. →
The German > Slovenian translator Alenka Mercina won the second edition of the Jerman prize (which is awarded for the translation of a work in the humanities and social sciences) for Govorica tretjega rajha: Filologova beležnica, her translation of LTI – Lingua Tertii Imperii by the author Victor Klemperer.
The award ceremony was held at the Slovenian Association of Literary Translators (http://www NULL.dskp-drustvo NULL.si/) on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. →
The Slovenian Association of Literary Translators (http://www NULL.dskp-drustvo NULL.si/) has awarded the 2016 Sovre Prize to the famous Slovenian translator Lijana Dejak for her translation of the novel Laurus by the Russian author Jevgenij Vodolazkin. The translation was published by Cankarjeva založba in 2015.Lijana Dejak
The Sovre Prize, named after Anton Sovre (1885-1963), a Slovenian philologist and translator, is Slovenia’s main award for literary translations. →
The 2016 Radojka Vrančič Prizes were awarded by the Slovenian Association of Literary Translators (http://www NULL.dskp-drustvo NULL.si/) on the Writers’ Stand at the 31st Slovenian Book Fair, on 24th November 2016.
Tanja Petrič received the award for Smrt zaradi muz, a collection of poems by the Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker, published Mladinska knjiga in their Nova lirika collection in 2015. →
Translation lovers in the Netherlands can enjoy the 7th edition of the annual ‘Nederland vertaalt (http://verstegenstigter NULL.nl/nv/vertaalwedstrijd)‘ (Netherlands Translate) challenge. Translators both professional and amateur have until 24th January 2017 to take on texts in five languages and translate them into Dutch.
These pieces are not the easiest: the poem ‘Ecce Puer’ by the Irish writer James Joyce (English), ‘Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux’ by Louis Aragon (French), ‘Auf was nur einmal ist’ by Peter Rühmkorf (German) and ‘Pequeño Vals Vienés’ by Federico García Lorca (Spanish). →
The APT (http://www NULL.apt NULL.pt/) (Associação Portuguesa de Tradutores) and the SPA (https://www NULL.spautores NULL.pt/) (Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores) had the honour of awarding the Grand Prize for Literary Translation 2016 at a ceremony on 10th November 2016.
The joint winners of the prize were Rui Carvalho Homem for his translation of Ricardo III (Richard III by William Shakespeare) and Rui Pires Cabral for his translation of Na Margem (En la orilla by the Spanish writer Rafael Chirbes). →
A contract-law dispute arbitration board (http://www NULL.vvl NULL.nu/vvl/site/article/item/747/-Geschillencommissie-Auteurscontractenrecht-van-start-op-1-oktober-2016-/nl) was established in the Netherlands on 1st October 2016. Its role is to arbitrate disputes regarding the interpretation of contract law between authors and the parties exploiting their works. The procedure will be a simple one, based upon the law pertaining to authors’ rights (http://www NULL.hendriks-james NULL.nl/auteurswet/). →