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Czech Mind Award to Martin Hilský

Czech Mind Award to Martin Hilský

The Czech Mind Award, a prize presented by the Government of the Czech Republic for exceptional results in research, development and innovation, has been awarded to a literary translator, treasured colleague Martin Hilský. Prof. Hilský is a recipient of the Jungmann Prize, the Tom Stoppard Prize, the State Award for Translation, and the President’s Medal of Merit, as well as an Honorary Member of the British Empire for his lifelong achievement as translator, writer, and teacher. A translator of English and American literature and drama, and author of studies of modernist writing and essays on modern literature, Martin Hilský finally specialized in translating Shakespeare. […]

Prizes for literary translation awarded by the Portuguese Translators’ Association

Prizes for literary translation awarded by the Portuguese Translators’ Association

To celebrate International Translation Day, the Portuguese Translators’ Association (APT) awarded two literary translation prizes to two translators who employed their talent and sensitivity to produce new translations of two of the greatest works of literature: James Joyce’s Ulysses (translated by Jorge Vaz de Carvalho) and Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities (translated by Paulo Faria). […]

Literary Translation Days in Urbino, 2015

Literary Translation Days in Urbino, 2015

Now an annual event, the Italian Association of Translators and Interpreters AITI will participate in the 13th Urbino Literary Translation Days. President Sandra Bertolini will participate in the opening address on Friday 9 October at 2pm. […]

International Translation Day in Mons, cultural capital of Europe 2015

International Translation Day in Mons, cultural capital of Europe 2015

In 1991 FIT launched the idea of an officially recognised International Translation Day so that the worldwide translation community could show solidarity in promoting the translation profession in different countries. International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September – the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators.

To underline the importance of translation and of solidarity within the translation community Café Europe in Mons, the French institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina and PEN Bosnia-Herzegovina will organise an event in the city of Mons (Belgium), the cultural capital of Europe 2015. […]

Czech Mind Award to Martin Hilský

Spanish Association ACE Traductores takes initiative to foster translators’ visibility on literary awards

On 7 July, we awoke to the breaking news that the UK’s leading international literary awards – the Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize – are to be merged into a single, annual prize that will reward both authors and translators of foreign-language fiction. Since 2012, several Dutch organizations concerned with literature and literary translation have been carrying out a similar initiative in the Netherlands, where the European Literature Prize (Europese Literatuurprijs) rewards a novel written in a language used in one of the member states of the Council of Europe as well as its Dutch translation. These are only two examples, but there are probably more in other European countries. […]

Czech Mind Award to Martin Hilský

General Terms and Conditions for translators of books in the Netherlands

The Dutch Vereniging van Letterkundigen (VvL, Society of Authors) has adopted General Terms and Conditions to be used by translators of books other than those able to negotiate the already existing model contract, which is based on a gentleman’s agreement between the VvL and the Dutch Literaire Uitgeversgroep (LUG, Literary Fiction Publishers’ Group). This requires some clarification. […]

Hungarian literary translators’ weekend follows German model

Hungarian literary translators’ weekend follows German model

The Association of Hungarian Literary Translators (MEGY) organized its sixth annual weekend getaway at a hotel in the picturesque Pilis hills, as close to Budapest as to escape its bustle. Besides professional literary translators, beginners and students as well as amateur translators took part in the programme.

Between Friday and Sunday, lectures, seminars and debates covered a wide range of translation topics including special issues related to song lyrics, theatre dialogues, children’s and young adult fiction, teaching literary translation, presenting good practices, while workshop activities focused on specific texts. One translator with decades of publishing editor’s experience held a presentation on how to recommend our favourite books to a publisher. Keeping in mind the ergonomic side of translation work, a colleague and trained instructor initiated participants in relaxation and yoga. […]

Hungarian literary translators’ weekend follows German model

Translators featured at 22nd Budapest Book Festival

Literary translators took a front seat at this year’s International Book Festival in Budapest [link], that took place from 23 to 26 April, as the book industry’s four-day festivities unfolded for the 22nd year running, in the spacious grounds of Millenáris Park in the heart of the city. This is the second year that Hungarian translators are making their presence felt at major literary events, much to everyone’s satisfaction. […]

New Translators: project to train translators of Basque literature (deadline: 16 May 2015)

New Translators: project to train translators of Basque literature (deadline: 16 May 2015)

San Sebastian 2016 and the Etxepare Institute have launched the New Translators project, which aims to teach the Basque language to international literary translators, and thereby promote Basque literature in Europe.

A total of eight literary translators will be selected to learn the Basque language. Four of those selected, complete beginners in Basque, will come to the Basque Country for six months, and the remaining four, who will join the initiative with beginner’s or intermediate knowledge of Basque, will reside in the Basque Country for a month to improve their competence. […]

Literary Translation Days in Urbino, 2015

Spanish assocation ACE Traductores opposes Penguin Random House pay cuts

One of our members, the association ACE Traductores from Spain, let us know the following.
On 10 February 2015 Penguin Random House publishing group informed translators that the rates paid would be decreased from 16 February 2015, and that such an across-the-board measure was non-negotiable.

ACE Traductores immediately contacted representatives from the publishing group to protest against such measures and argue their own position. Unfortunately, the PRH representatives refused to engage in any form of negotiation, and we are therefore forced to protest publicly. […]