Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for 2016 for the translation of non-fiction literature awarded to Oda Myran Winsnes

Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for 2016 for the translation of non-fiction literature awarded to Oda Myran Winsnes

Oda Myran Winsnes has been awarded the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize for 2016 for her Norwegian translation of Samar Yazbek’s The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria. The prize, which is awarded each year by the Norwegian Booksellers’ Association and the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association (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. Oda Myran Winsnes was awarded the prize and a cheque for NOK 50,000 (EUR 6,250) at this year’s International Translation Day celebrations in Oslo on 29 September 2016. […]

NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2016 goes to Nargis Shinkarenko

NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2016 goes to Nargis Shinkarenko

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. […]

Freedom of expression and refugees are the main themes at International Translation Day in Turkey (Istanbul, 30 September 2016)

Freedom of expression and refugees are the main themes at International Translation Day in Turkey (Istanbul, 30 September 2016)

On the occasion of International Translation Day, the Turkish Translators’ Association (ÇEVBİR), in cooperation with Translation and Interpreting Association Turkey (Çeviri Derneği) and the Association of Publishers in Turkey (YAYBİR) will organise a meeting on 30 September in Istanbul.

The first part of the program will revolve around the short film Çevirmen / The translator. This award winning film is set in the province of Antakya, at the Turkish-Syrian border. […]

International Translation Day in Warsaw (30 September 2016)

International Translation Day in Warsaw (30 September 2016)

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 will host an event for International Translation Day – a holiday celebrated worldwide every 30 September, the Feast Day of St. Jerome (author of the first translation of the Bible into Latin, and patron saint of translators). The goal of the event is to draw attention to the essential role of translators in the reception of foreign literature and culture and to make readers aware that translators are, through their work, co-authors of world literature. […]

Language diversity in the spotlight at two Danish translation events (Copenhagen, Aarhus)

Language diversity in the spotlight at two Danish translation events (Copenhagen, Aarhus)

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’. […]

Turkish translator Necmiye Alpay (70) unjustly imprisoned without trial

Turkish translator Necmiye Alpay (70) unjustly imprisoned without trial

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).

Alpay received her BA degree from Ankara University, and her Ph.D. degree from Paris University at Nanterre. She has translated numerous works into Turkish, including those of Said, Girard, Ricoeur and Marchand. Moreover, she has devoted much of her efforts to improving the quality of written Turkish, and has penned several books on the subject. Alpay has also worked as an editor for various periodicals, and has contributed regularly to several newspapers. […]

The Macedonian Translators Association (MATA) announces the fourth International Conference for Translators and Interpreters (Ohrid, Macedonia, 1-2 October 2016)

The Macedonian Translators Association (MATA) announces the fourth International Conference for Translators and Interpreters (Ohrid, Macedonia, 1-2 October 2016)

The Macedonian Translators Association (MATA) 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. […]

Major presence of Polish translators at Warsaw Book Fair (19-22 May 2016)

Major presence of Polish translators at Warsaw Book Fair (19-22 May 2016)

From 19 to 22 May the Warsaw Book Fair was held at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The Polish Literary Translators’ Association 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. The first ever trophy, awarded to a publisher for supporting literary translators was presented to Wydawnictwo Czarne. Justyna Czechowska, the chair of the award committee, also talked to Monika Sznajderman, head of Wydawnictwo Czarne, about the publisher’s collaboration with translators. […]

Groundbreaking contractual agreement with independent publishers in Italy

Groundbreaking contractual agreement with independent publishers in  Italy

On 3rd April 2016 a groundbreaking document was signed between ODEI (the Italian Observatory of Independent Publishers), STRADE (the Italian Union of Translators working in the publishing industry), and the SLC-CGIL (Italian Union of Communication Workers, which STRADE is joining to represent translators). These associations signed a code of practice for a fair relationship between publishers and translators. The code provides a series of guidelines: ‘Five Points for a Fair, Legal and Transparent Translation Contract’. […]

Budapest International Book Festival 2016

Budapest International Book Festival 2016

This year’s book festival, which closed on Sunday 24 April at Millennáris, featured a hugely successful and varied programme from the Hungarian Literary Translators’ Association MEGY .

For the first time two auditorium talks were presented. Ádám Nádasdy, drawing a crowd as always, gave a presentation on translating the new Hungarian edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Mónika Mesterházi hosted the second panel discussion with translators of Hungarian texts into other languages. Éva A. Dobos, Ágnes Járfás and Ottilie Mulzet discussing their translations of Szilárd Borbély’s Hungarian novel Nincstelenek into Norwegian, French and English, respectively. […]

German “Authors’ and Artists’ United Declaration for Fair Contracts!” reaches 6000 signatures in two weeks

German “Authors’ and Artists’ United Declaration for Fair Contracts!” reaches 6000 signatures in two weeks

The German Initiative Urheberrecht (‘Copyright Initiative’) – a joint undertaking that so far 35 associations in the creative field have signed up to – is pleased to announce the success of its latest initiative: a petition to campaign for reforms to copyright contract law, and for stronger legal instruments to more fairly balance the relationship between authors, performing artists, publishers, distributors etc. […]

‘Oltre i primi passi’ – Young translators about their profession in Milan

‘Oltre i primi passi’ – Young translators about their profession in Milan

There was an excellent turnout at the Laboratorio Formentini in Milan on 16 February for talks by four young translators and two publishers, providing an introduction to the profession. Topics covered included how to get into the world of professional translation, the do’s and don’ts of introducing yourself to publishers, the importance of training courses, and how to write a good CV. […]

Hungarian Association organises its annual literary translation weekend (20-22 May 2016, Dobogókő)

Hungarian Association organises its annual literary translation weekend (20-22 May 2016, Dobogókő)

The Hungarian Association of Literary Translators is hosting its annual vocational weekend on 20-22 May 2016, in scenic Dobogókő, a popular hilltop tourist resort, 50 kilometers from Budapest. This literary translators’ weekend has been going for seven years, and brings together professionals and amateurs, beginners and veterans, and all who are interested in learning the secrets of the literary translator’s trade. […]

Spanish Literary Translators Association awards the tenth Esther Benítez Prize to Celia Filipetto

Spanish Literary Translators Association awards the tenth Esther Benítez Prize to Celia Filipetto

On December 11, in Museo ABC in Madrid, Celia Filipetto was awarded the tenth Esther Benítez Prize in the presence of Manuel Rico, President of ACE (Spanish Authors Association), and Carlos Fortea, President of ACE Traductores (Spanish Literary Translators Association). She was given the award for Las deudas del cuerpo (Lumen), her outstanding translation into Spanish of Storie di chi fugge e di chi resta by Elena Ferrante (Edizioni E/O). […]