The Society of Authors Translation Prizes were awarded on 6 February 2012. The Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize of £3,000 for translations for Arabic was awarded to Khaled Mattawa for his translation of Selected Poems by Adonis. The Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German (£3,000) was won by Damion Searls with his translation of Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson. The Scott-Moncrieff Prize for translation from French (£2,000) went to Adriana Hunter for Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi. The Premio Valle Inclán for translation from Spanish was won by Frank Wynne for his translation of Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras, and the Vondel Prize for translations from Dutch or Flemish was awarded to Paul Vincent for his translation of My Little War by Louis Paul Boon.
The award ceremony was held at Kings Place in London, and was followed by the 2012 Sebald Lecture, given this year by Sean O’Brien, on the subject of ‘Making the Crossing: The Poet as Translator’.