The Annual General Assembly of CEATL’s national representatives was held in Utrecht between 11 and 13 May

The Annual General Assembly of CEATL’s national representatives was held in Utrecht between 11 and 13 May

After the Board Report and the Treasury Report had been accepted, as well as the minutes of the last AGM in Barcelona, a new Executive Board was elected:

Morten Visby – chairman of the Board / président du conseil d’administration (Danish Translators’ Association)
Lara Hölbling Matković – secretary-general / secrétaire général (Croatian Literary Translators’ Association (DHKP))
Shaun Whiteside – treasurer / trésorier (Translators Association, UK)
Bjørn Herrman – vice-president / vice-président (Norsk Oversetterforening, Norway)
Kateřina Klabanová – secretary of the Board / secrétaire du conseil d’administration (Obec Překladatelů, Czech Republic)

New CEATL Board.

Public event on literary translation during CEATL’s AGM (Utrecht, 11 May 2017)

Public event on literary translation during CEATL’s AGM (Utrecht, 11 May 2017)

This year, CEATL’s annual meeting will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 10 to 13 May. Capitalising on the presence of literary translators from more than 30 countries, the Dutch hosting association, Auteursbond (http://auteursbond NULL.nl/) [‘The Authors’ Guild’]), has joined forces with the Utrecht Literature House (http://www NULL.hetliteratuurhuis NULL.nl/) to organise a special translation programme on Thursday, 11 May within the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU).

CEATL’s Working Group on Visibility presents ‘The Skull Thing’

CEATL’s Working Group on Visibility presents ‘The Skull Thing’

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.

PETRA-E European network for education and training of literary translators welcomes new members

PETRA-E European network for education and training of literary translators welcomes new members

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.

CEATL sends letter to Turkish authorities demanding release of Turkish translator Necmiye Alpay

CEATL sends letter to Turkish authorities demanding release of Turkish translator Necmiye Alpay

On 31 August 2016, Turkish translator, editor, critic, author and linguist Necmiye Alpay (70) was arrested. Alpay is a member of the Turkish Association of Translators (ÇEVBİR (http://cevbir NULL.org NULL.tr/)), represented in CEATL.

Necmiye Alpay has always been a staunch defender of freedom of expression and a voice calling for peace between Turkey and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party).

CEATL e-cards for International Translation Day (30 September)

CEATL e-cards for International Translation Day (30 September)

30 September is celebrated in the professional translation and interpreting communities as International Translation Day. Help celebrate this day by clicking on one of the pictures below (or click here or here) and send the CEATL e-card (featuring Adéla Tilcerová’s and Roman Tilcer’s winning image in our picture contest) to friends, colleagues, publishers, literary critics, etc.

The PETRA-E Project continues as the PETRA-E Network

The PETRA-E Project continues as the PETRA-E Network

On 26 August, the final meeting of the PETRA-E Project was held in the Collège Européen des Traducteurs Littéraires de Seneffe. The Framework of Reference, now available in eight languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish and Bulgarian – Portuguese to follow soon), was officially presented to Konrad Fuhrmann, a representative of the European Commission.

The PETRA-E(ducation) Framework for Literary Translation has been launched

The PETRA-E(ducation) Framework for Literary Translation has been launched

The PETRA-E(ducation) Framework for Literary Translation, which maps out a literary translator’s competencies, has been completed.

The Framework addresses the recommendations highlighted during the initial PETRA 2011 conference on the teaching of literary translation in Europe. The PETRA 2011 conference recommended the development of a learning framework which can be used to develop the education of literary translators, and also to create opportunities for collaboration and exchange between schools and universities teaching literary translation.

CEATL AGM held in Barcelona 2-4 June 2016

CEATL AGM held in Barcelona 2-4 June 2016

The Annual General Meeting of CEATL’s national representatives, was held in Barcelona between 2 – 4 June 2016 and organised by AELC (http://www NULL.escriptors NULL.cat/), ACEC (http://www NULL.acec-web NULL.org/) and ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/).

The AGM opened with an exhibition of posters with SWOT analyses of the individual associations.

CEATL statement on the question of granting neighbouring rights to publishers

CEATL statement on the question of granting neighbouring rights to publishers

Representing 10,000 literary translators in 28 countries, the European Council of Literary Translators Associations (CEATL) has answered the European Commission’s consultation on “the role of publishers in the copyright value chain” (https://ec NULL.europa NULL.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/public-consultation-role-publishers-copyright-value-chain-and-panorama-exception) and wishes to make the following comments on the question of granting neighbouring rights to publishers in EU law:

* Contracts already grant publishers all rights necessary to exploit the works and defend them against infringement.

Adéla Tilcerová’s and Roman Tilcer’s entry is the winner of CEATL’s 2016 international picture contest ‘The Face of Translation’

Adéla Tilcerová’s and Roman Tilcer’s entry is the winner of CEATL’s 2016 international picture contest ‘The Face of Translation’

This year CEATL’s competition has been an international picture contest called “The Face of Translation”. CEATL invited photo amateurs to create sparky and clever photographs reflecting the existence and importance of literary translations and literary translators, their challenges, and their role in literature. Any topic could be used, as long as it was in some way related to literary translation.

Vote for your favourite picture in CEATL’s picture contest ‘The Face of Translation’!

Vote for your favourite picture in CEATL’s picture contest ‘The Face of Translation’!

On April 23, World Book Day, CEATL launched a Picture Contest ‘The Face of Translation’ to make literary translators more visible.

Amateur visual artists were called on to create sparky and clever pictures reflecting the existence and importance of literary translations and translators, their challenges and their role in literature. Any technique from photography, drawing, printmaking and painting could be used and the competition welcomed all themes related to literary translation.

Reminder: CEATL’s Picture Contest open for entries till 22 may 2016

Reminder:  CEATL’s Picture Contest open for entries till 22 may 2016

On 23 April – World Book Day – CEATL, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations, launched a picture contest: ‘The Face of Translation’. For this contest CEATL is calling on amateur visual artists to create sparky and clever pictures reflecting the existence and importance of literary translations and translators, their challenges, and their role in literature.

CEATL’s Picture Contest “The Face of Translation”: Help us make literary translators visible!

CEATL’s Picture Contest “The Face of Translation”: Help us make literary translators visible!

CEATL, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations, is calling on amateur visual artists to create sparky and clever pictures reflecting the existence and importance of literary translations and translators, their challenges, and their role in literature. Any technique from photography, drawing, printmaking and painting can be used – as well as any topic, as long as it is in some way related to literary translation.

Open letter to publishers worldwide to meet the Ten principles for fair contracts

Open letter to publishers worldwide to meet the Ten principles for fair contracts

On 5 January 2016, authors from a number of countries released open letters asking publishers to reconsider the contract terms they offer authors and outlining the parts of publishing contracts where, from the author’s perspective, reform is urgently needed.

The International Authors Forum (IAF (http://internationalauthors NULL.org/)) has also established 10 Principles for Fair Contracts.

CEATL’s reaction to the Commission’s action plan “towards a modern, more European copyright framework”

CEATL’s reaction to the Commission’s action plan “towards a modern, more European copyright framework”

Brussels, 11 January 2016

As an association representing authors, CEATL has read with attention the communication and action plan for a reform of EU copyright rules published by the Commission on December 9th 2015.

* CEATL welcomes the emphasis put on the necessity to reassess the role and responsibility of internet intermediaries and platforms, as well as to fight commercial-scale copyright infringements more effectively.

CEATL’s e-card to celebrate International Translation Day 2015

CEATL’s e-card to celebrate International Translation Day 2015

September 30, the feast of St. Jerome, is celebrated in the professional translation and interpreting communities as International Translation Day. If you want to celebrate this day, please click on one of the pictures below (or click here (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ceatl NULL.Transl-Day-2015-b NULL.jpg) or here (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ceatl NULL.Transl-Day-2015-a NULL.jpg)) and send the CEATL e-card with the photo of our photo contest winner Anne de Vries to your friends, colleagues, publishers, literary critics etc.

‘The Dancers’, by Anne de Vries, winner of CEATL’s international photo contest ‘Translation, Everywhere’

‘The Dancers’, by Anne de Vries, winner of CEATL’s international photo contest ‘Translation, Everywhere’

CEATL, 24 September 2015

This year CEATL’s competition has been an international photography contest (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/translation-everywhere-photo-contest) called ‘Translation, Everywhere’. CEATL invited photo amateurs to create sparky and clever photographs reflecting the existence and importance of literary translators, the challenges they face, and their role in literature. There was no specific topic, as long as the photograph was in some way related to literary translation.

TTIP negotiations : CEATL welcomes the European Parliament’s recommendations

TTIP negotiations : CEATL welcomes the European Parliament’s recommendations

Brussels, 8 September, 2015

In a press release dated 2 February 2015 (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015-02-02-PRESS-RELEASE-TTIP-english NULL.pdf), CEATL sounded the alarm on the fact that the publishing industry was part of the TTIP negotiating mandate, which might pose a threat to policies of protection and promotion of the book sector, notably to fixed book prices.

‘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.