On 12 March 2018, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, presented the Cultural Policy for 2018 to 2021. Two positive points stand out: after years of austerity, the government will start making investments in culture again and secondly, reasonable remuneration for workers in the sector is explicitly mentioned. →
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. →
Hosted by Vaclav Havel Library (http://www NULL.vaclavhavel-library NULL.org/en/index/news), 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. →
It has been a busy autumn for the Italian Union of Literary Translators Strade. (http://www NULL.traduttoristrade NULL.it/)
Starting at the beginning of October, the association was one of the main co-operating partners of the Migrant Literatures Festival (http://www NULL.festivaletteraturemigranti NULL.it/) in Palermo, Sicily, which hosted a series of events under the title “Lost (and Found) in Translation”. →
At the recent Frankfurt Book Fair, the French president Emmanuel Macron paid homage to the translator’s profession, and announced the creation of a “real” prize in France for translation into French (Note: a number of well regarded translation prizes already exist in France).
“Knowledge of language is knowledge of books, and such is the eminent role played by translators that I cannot speak here, before you, without paying them the homage we owe them, because translation is the first thing our diplomats do, indeed it is sometimes the heart of what they do. →
ACE Traductores (http://ace-traductores NULL.org/) (Spain) has presented a Report on the economic value of book translation, prepared by the consulting agency AFI and financed by the Ministry of Culture and CEDRO, the main Spanish Reproduction Rights Centre.
Its main objective was to “check, get to know and quantify the economic value of book translation in Spain, taking into account not only the publishing figures but also the total amount of sales, whose impact, in the absence of statistics, is presumably higher”. →
Over recent months several national associations of literary translators into Spanish —from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Spain— have combined efforts to improve the working conditions of their Latin American members, as well as to contribute to the prestige of the profession and the development of culture by means of the exchange of information, experience and knowledge, and also to promote common training programmes. →
Although Kurdish-language publishing in Turkey has picked up speed, especially in the last ten years, Diyarbakır Arts Center (http://www NULL.diyarbakirsanat NULL.org/en/default NULL.aspx) and Lîs Editions (http://www NULL.wesanenlis NULL.com/) noticed that the limited visibility of Kurdish-language literature in Turkey and in the international arena continues to be a problem, both for producers and for readers. →
On 15 October 2015 PEN International adopted the Quebec Declaration on Literary Translation and Translators (http://www NULL.pen-international NULL.org/the-quebec-declaration-on-literary-translation-and-translators/).
The text contains a six-point summary of the principles and objectives that PEN International intends to promote in the area of literary translation. These principles include the importance of translation in promoting the dignity of all cultures and languages, the need to draw attention to the conditions required in order to engage in this activity and, above all, the importance of defending the people who make communication possible – literary translators. →
On 26 April 2016, World Intellectual Property Day, the French Permanent Council of Writers will organize a conference at the European Parliament, titled ‘The European Author in the 21st Century’.
(http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/conference-the-european-author-in-the-21st-century-brussels-26-april-2016/france-conference-invitation-eng-apr16)
For the full program, please click here (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PROGRAMME-The-European-Author-in-the-21st-Century NULL.docx). →
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. →
Brussels, 2 February, 2015
Representing 10,000 literary translators in 29 European countries, CEATL urges the parties responsible for the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States of America to pay attention to the following issues of concern to everyone with a stake in European literatures and the cultural values they constitute:
- Publishing is not covered by the so-called “cultural exception” and is therefore part of the mandate of TTIP negotiators
- This poses a threat to Europe’s publishing and literature since TTIP will tolerate continued cultural promotion and protection measures only if these are non-discriminatory.
On 9 October 2014, at the Frankfurt Book Fair and on the initiative of Vincent Monadé, President of the Centre national du livre (France), several directors of European organizations in the publishing field signed the first common declaration in favour of the book, in the presence of European trade federations (EWC, European Writers’ Council; FEP, Federation of European Publishers; EIBF, European and International Booksellers Federation; and CEATL). →
In November 2013 the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture published the results of a feasibility study carried out at the Directorate’s request by the Italian bureau Consulmarc Sviluppo s.r.l. The study can be downloaded here (http://eacea NULL.ec NULL.europa NULL.eu/llp/studies/study_suport_mobility_literary_translators NULL.php).
The proposed programme, for which the authors suggested the name ‘Mercurio’, is in three parts:
- Mobility Actions focused on translation activities and training (residencies, workshops, etc.);
- Partnership Actions focused on mobility for capacity-building and networking activities;
- Complementary Side Actions focused on the dissemination of information and on awareness campaigns
For a two-year pilot, the study recommends a budget of €4,799,000, of which the European Commission would provide €3,981,000 and the stakeholders €818,000. →
In 2012, Petra (European Platform for Literary Translation) issued a list of recommendations (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/?p=4015) intended to provide for new and better conditions for literary translators in Europe. The recommendations were published in English, French and German.
Members of the Italian association Strade (http://www NULL.traduttoristrade NULL.it/) (Sindacato traduttori editoriali) have now translated those recommendations into Italian. →
From 27-28 May 2013, the Institute of Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences will organise a workshop on ‘translating small literatures for the global market’.
Drawing on the concepts of minor, small and hegemonic literatures and their philosophical implications, the workshop which is meant to be a first step in a long-term research project, hopes to arrive at a ‘post-postmodern’ understanding of the essence and structure of what we call world literature. →
From 1 to 3 December 2011 almost 70 organisations, all active in the field of literary translation, gathered in Brussels for the first PETRA congress (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/?p=2474). These organisations, based in 34 European countries (EU member states and neighbouring countries), reflected upon the situation of literary translation in Europe and discussed the development of a European plan of action in support of literary translation. →
The Anna Lindh Foundation (http://www NULL.euromedalex NULL.org/) in cooperation with BOZAR (the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels) and Transeuropéennes (http://www NULL.transeuropeennes NULL.eu/) are pleased to announce a policy dialogue on ‘The state of play of translation across the Mediterranean’.
The event which will be attended by partners, cultural actors, policy makers and officials, will celebrate the official launch of a mapping study of translation flows in the Euro-Mediterranean region supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation. →
On 24th October 2011 in Berlin the TRADUKI (http://english NULL.traduki NULL.eu/index NULL.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=54) partners signed resolutions with Nina Obuljen, the State Secretary in the Croatian Ministry of Culture, for the expansion of the TRADUKI framework agreement. This enables Croatia to become a new member in the private-public partnership between the Austrian Federal Ministry for International and European Affairs, KulturKontakt Austria, the German Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute, Pro Helvetia, the S. →
The Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism (http://ec NULL.europa NULL.eu/education/languages/news/news3505/call_en NULL.pdf) was launched by the European Commission in October 2009. Commissioner Orban called upon the Platform to consult with civil society across the EU in order to submit a set of initial proposals to influence thinking at EU, Member State and regional level, and to help designing the financial instruments for the new generation of funding programmes (2014-2020). →