Summer Course Literary Translation in Utrecht (Deadline: 1 April 2019)

Summer Course Literary Translation in Utrecht (Deadline: 1 April 2019)

This year the Dutch Centre of Expertise for Literary Translation, in collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for Literature, is organizing a Summer Course in Literary Translation for translators from Dutch  into the target languages German (theatre) and Italian, from 26 to 30 August 2019 in Utrecht. Interested translators are cordially invited to register before Monday 1 April. […]

Vacancy for professorship in Translation Studies at Utrecht University (deadline: 27 January 2019)

Vacancy for professorship in Translation Studies at Utrecht University (deadline: 27 January 2019)

The Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University is seeking applications for a full professorship in the field of Translation Studies. The Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication (TLC) brings together expertise in the fields of specific Languages (Celtic & Classics, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) as well as those of Linguistics, Comparative Literature and Communication Studies. […]

Dutch association starts video campaign to raise awareness of illegal downloading of e-books

Dutch association starts video campaign to raise awareness of illegal downloading of e-books

The number of users of e-readers is increasing – a positive development, as it offers opportunities to bring a broader readership into contact with a diverse range of books. But it is also important to consider the negative consequences.

E-books are illegally downloaded and distributed on a large scale. As a result, writers and translators are increasingly missing out on revenue. To bring this issue to the attention of the public, the Auteursbond (the Dutch Association of Authors), with financial support from the Dutch collecting society Lira, made a short video. […]

Academy for literary translation Antwerp opens its doors in January 2018

Academy for literary translation Antwerp opens its doors in January 2018

In January 2018 the Vertalersvakschool Amsterdam (Amsterdam Academy for literary translation) will open an academy in Antwerp in cooperation with Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren (Flemish Literary Fund). The academy starts with a pilot of two trimesters and offers courses in translation from German, English or French literature into Dutch. Experienced literary translators will be the supervisors who teach the students the tricks of the trade and help them to find their way to literary publishers. […]

Documentary about the Danish Murakami translator Mette Holm premiered at the IDFA festival (Amsterdam, 17 November 2017)

Documentary about the Danish Murakami translator Mette Holm premiered at the IDFA festival (Amsterdam, 17 November 2017)

The director Nitesh Anjaan has made a documentary about Mette Holm, who has been translating the work of the Japanese author Haruki Murakami into Danish for many years. This glimpse into Holm’s life follows her on a trip to Japan while working on the translation of Kaze no uta o kike (Hear the Wind Sing), the world-famous author’s debut novel. […]

Public event on literary translation during CEATL’s AGM (Utrecht, 11 May 2017)

Public event on literary translation during CEATL’s AGM (Utrecht, 11 May 2017)

This year, CEATL’s annual meeting will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 10 to 13 May. Capitalising on the presence of literary translators from more than 30 countries, the Dutch hosting association, Auteursbond [‘The Authors’ Guild’]), has joined forces with the Utrecht Literature House to organise a special translation programme on Thursday, 11 May within the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU). […]

47th Poetry International Rotterdam Festival (7-11 June 2016)

47th Poetry International Rotterdam Festival (7-11 June 2016)

From 7 to 11 June 2016 the 47th Poetry International Festival [link] will take place in Rotterdam.

This annual festival is a renowned meeting place for all poets, translators and lovers of poetry. It is organised by the foundation Poetry International, which aims to draw attention to good poetry from all over the world, and to stimulate exchanges between poets, translators and amateurs in poetry from all countries. For this reason translation activities occupy an important place in the festival. The programme In Other Words invites professional and amateur translators to translate a number of selected poems. […]

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

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. […]

General Terms and Conditions for translators of books in the Netherlands

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. […]

Europese Literatuurprijs 2015 awarded to German author Jenny Erpenbeck and Dutch translator Elly Schippers

Europese Literatuurprijs 2015 awarded to German author Jenny Erpenbeck and Dutch translator Elly Schippers

The Europese Literatuurprijs [European Literature Award] for 2015 has been awarded to Een handvol sneeuw (Aller Tage Abend) by German writer Jenny Erpenbeck in the Dutch translation by Elly Schippers.

The Europese Literatuurprijs is awarded to a novel written in any of the member languages of the Council of Europe and to the Dutch translation of that novel. It has been established by the Academic Cultural Centre SPUI25, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the weekly De Groene Amsterdammer and bookshop Athenaeum Boekhandel in an effort to celebrate Europe’s literary diversity and cultural richness. […]

Brockway Prize to Dutch – German translator Ard Posthuma

Brockway Prize to Dutch – German translator Ard Posthuma

The Brockway Prize, a biennial prize for poetry translations from the Dutch, has been awarded to Ard Posthuma. The prize was established by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and is worth 5,000 euro. It will be presented on 12 June during the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam.

Literary translator Ard Posthuma (b. 1942) attended universities in Lausanne, Munich and Basel before embarking on a career as editor and lecturer. Since 1989 he has translated Dutch, Frisian and Flemish poetry into German, with publications including anthologies of the work of Martinus Nijhoff, Cees Nooteboom, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Leonard Nolens and Tsjêbbe Hettinga. His translations ‘in the other direction’, of work by authors including Ingo Schulz and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust), have also been highly praised. […]