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. →
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 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. →
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/). →
On 29, 30 September and 1 October 2016, at several bookshops in different Spanish cities, ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/) celebrated the first gatherings of a new campaign to promote the collaboration of booksellers and translators: Librerías de Babel (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/node/790). The aim of the campaign is to improve the visibility of translators among the readership. →
The Association of Literary Ttranslators of France (ATLF (http://www NULL.atlf NULL.org/)) has noticed many times that the names of the translators of award winning foreign books weren’t mentioned in press releases issued by the juries. A negation of their work.
To protest against this situation ATLF published an open letter in the magazine Livres Hebdo, addressed to juries of literary awards in the hope that the translators’ voice will at last be heard. →
Oda Myran Winsnes has been awarded the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for 2016 for her Norwegian translation of Samar Yazbek’s A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution. The prize, which is awarded each year by the Norwegian Booksellers’ Association (http://www NULL.bokhandlerforeningen NULL.no/) and the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association (http://www NULL.nffo NULL.no/)(NFF), goes to a newly established translator of non-fiction who has produced a high quality translation of a new work of non-fiction literature. →
The Russian translator Nargis Shinkarenko is the recipient of NORLA’s 2016 Translator’s Award for her translations of non-fiction literature from Norwegian into Russian. The announcement was made on 29 September in Oslo, during the celebration of International Translation Day and the feast of St. Jerome. The award, now in its 11th year, is given annually and on an alternating basis to talented translators of fiction and non-fiction and is intended as a measure to encourage the promotion of Norwegian literature. →
During International Translation Day celebrations in Oslo on 29 September 2016, the Bastian Prize for Outstanding Literary Translation, the Norwegian Association of Literary Translators’ (Norsk Oversetterforening (http://oversetterforeningen NULL.no/)) annual translation prize, was awarded to Kristina Solum for her translation of Roberto Bolano’s 2666.
Four other titles were featured on the shortlist: Johann Grip’s translation of Kerstin Ekman’s Herrarna i skogen, Preben Jordal’s translation of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, Thomas Lundbo’s translation of George Perec’s Un homme qui dort, and Silje Beite Løken’s translation of Hallgrímur Helgason’s Konan við 1000°. →
On the occasion of International Translation Day, the Turkish Translators’ Association (ÇEVBİR (http://cevbir NULL.net/)), in cooperation with Translation and Interpreting Association Turkey (Çeviri Derneği (http://ceviridernegi NULL.org/)) and the Association of Publishers in Turkey (YAYBİR (http://www NULL.yaybir NULL.org NULL.tr/)) will organise a meeting on 30 September in Istanbul. →
This year, for the eighth time, the Warsaw branch of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), the European Commission Representation in Poland, and the Polish Literary Translators Association (http://stl NULL.org NULL.pl/) will host an event for International Translation Day – a holiday celebrated worldwide every 30 September, the Feast Day of St. →
To celebrate International Translation Day 2016, the Danish Translators’ Association is hosting two events in different parts of Denmark.
On 25 September, in Aarhus, four literary translators – working from Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic and Chinese into Danish – will talk about their work under the heading ‘Languages we don’t understand’.
On 30 September, in Copenhagen, a whole day of talks, workshops, debates and a translators’ fair will take place under the heading ‘Language diversity is a strength!’ This second event brings together translators from a broad spectrum of fields and genres and has become a tradition and a celebration of the art and craft of translation. →
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/)).
Alpay received her BA degree from Ankara University, and her Ph.D. degree from Paris University at Nanterre. →
The Macedonian Translators Association (MATA (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/macedoniantranslatorsassociation/)) announces its fourth International Conference for Translators and Interpreters. The conference, entitled Novelties in the Translation and Interpretation Industry, will take place in the lakeside city of Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, on 1 and 2 October 2016.
This year’s MATA conference will be about novelty, new technologies and knowledge, new discoveries and uncharted territories. →
From 19 to 22 May the Warsaw Book Fair was held at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The Polish Literary Translators’ Association (http://www NULL.stl NULL.org NULL.pl/) has already co-hosted events at the Fair in the past and this year the association had an even stronger presence.
On 19 May the Jerome Lion award ceremony took place. →