Call for applications: ‘Translating the North’ into Italian (deadline: 15 July 2018)

Call for applications: ‘Translating the North’ into Italian (deadline: 15 July 2018)

StradeLab, a cultural association linked with SLC-Strade, is organising ‘Laboratorio Nordico – Translating the North’, the first peer-to-peer seminar for literary translators from Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish into Italian. The seminar is funded by the Danish Arts Foundation, Icelandic Literature Center, Norla and the Swedish Arts Council. […]

What makes a translation great?

What makes a translation great?

“It’s easy to say what a bad translation is. The ones that are accidentally jagged like the person wielding the scissors was drunk. The ones where someone has misunderstood the original, or perhaps misinterpreted it. The ones where all individuality has been smoothed out. But how do we identify a successful translation? When have we done our job well? What is it we want to achieve, beyond mere fluidity?” […]

Literary translation workshops (English, French and Norwegian into Italian) and editing workshops for translators (Fosdinovo, 22-24 July 2018)

Literary translation workshops (English, French and Norwegian into Italian) and editing workshops for translators (Fosdinovo, 22-24 July 2018)

From 22-24 July 2018 the sixth event in the ‘Traduttori in Movimento’ series will take place  at Fosdinovo Castle in Italy. The programme offers workshops for translators from English, French and Norwegian into Italian and a translation editing workshop. Translators from Italian into another language may also participate as observers. […]

ESLT Summer School 2018 ‘Training the Teacher of Literary Translation’ (Rome, 11-14 September 2018)

ESLT Summer School 2018 ‘Training the Teacher of Literary Translation’ (Rome, 11-14 September 2018)

From 11 – 14 September 2018 the European School of Literary Translation will organise its second Summer school. The Summer school, which will take place at Link Campus University, will bring together 20 translators and educators from across Europe  and is aimed at literary translators (at any stage of their career) who are keen to develop their teaching skills and find out about innovations in the field. […]

Italian Translators’ Association STRADE addresses AmazonCrossing with an open letter

Italian Translators’ Association STRADE addresses AmazonCrossing with an open letter

A panel on how to become a literary translator, organised by Amazon Publishing on 10 March 2018 within the Milan book fair ‘Tempo di Libri’, was the occasion for Italian translators’ associations to follow up on a dialogue with AmazonCrossing about their contracts with translators.

This dialogue started in 2014, after a European campaign involving VdÜ, Strade, ATLF and CEATL. A meeting between the parties was organized at the 2014 Frankfurt book fair. This meeting brought some improvements in AmazonCrossing’s standard translation contract and the parties left with an agreement to continue discussions as CEATL still didn’t deem it satisfactory. […]

Negotiations on new contract follow successful talks between the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Bonnier Publishing Group

Negotiations on new contract follow successful talks between the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Bonnier Publishing Group

In late November last year the Translators’ section of the Swedish Writers’ Union recommended its members to not sign any new deals with the Bonnier Group.

The Swedish Standard Contract was cancelled last summer and in late autumn Bonnier had presented a draft contract that was unacceptable to the literary translators. Among other things the draft took away the translator’s right to have ‘the last word’ in translations. […]

Three cases of plagiarism in Bulgaria

Three cases of plagiarism in Bulgaria

In the past year the Bulgarian Translators’ Union (BTU) has dealt with a number of cases of translation plagiarism.

Last March Prof. Ana Dimova, literary translator and BTU member, published an article entitled The (Un)known Joseph Roth: Translation or Transcript in the renowned literary newspaper Literaturen Vestnik. In the article she compared a recent translation of Joseph Roth’s stories into Bulgarian by Vladko Murdarov („Легенда за пияницата светец“, Black Flamingo, 2015) with her own translation of the same stories of thirty years previously („Гробницата на капуцините“. Избрани творби. Народна култура, 1986) and found the differences minimal. […]

Call for application: Workshop for translators of German children’s and young people’s literature (deadline: 2 May 2018)

Call for application: Workshop for translators of German children’s and young people’s literature (deadline: 2 May 2018)

From 12 to 17 August 2018 the Robert Bosch Foundation and Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V. (Working Group for Youth Literature e.V.) and Deutscher Übersetzerfonds (German Translators Fund) will host the ninth annual workshop on the translation of German literature for children and young people entitled ‘Kein Kinderspiel!’ […]

The new Translators Association First Translation Prize and other new awards in the UK

The new Translators Association First Translation Prize and other new awards in the UK

The new Translators Association First Translation Prize has been won by the translator Bela Shayevich and her editor at Fitzcarraldo, Jacques Testard, for Second-Hand Time by Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich. The £2,000 prize was set up by translator Daniel Hahn with the Society of Authors and support from the British Council with his own 25,000€ winnings from the International Dublin literary award, which he won in 2017 with his translation A General Theory of Oblivion, a novel by José Eduardo Agualusa. […]

Czech translators start a series of discussions on developments in book market

Czech translators start a series of discussions on developments in book market

Hosted by Vaclav Havel Library, the series ‘Lost in Translation’ is a chance for translators, editors and other representatives of publishing houses, big and small, as well as  publishers owned by large media groups, to exchange their experiences, expectations, complaints and grievances, and to comment on the situation in  the choked book market from their respective points of view. […]