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 (http://auteursbond NULL.nl/) [‘The Authors’ Guild’]), has joined forces with the Utrecht Literature House (http://www NULL.hetliteratuurhuis NULL.nl/) to organise a special translation programme on Thursday, 11 May within the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU). →
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). →
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/). →
The shortlist for the Dutch Europese Literatuurprijs (http://www NULL.europeseliteratuurprijs NULL.nl/) [European Literature Award] for 2016 has been published and shows a beautiful diversity in source languages. It is an example of the wealth in translated literature available for readers in a small-language country. This year’s laureates are: Soumission (Onderworpen) by Michel Houellebecq (France) and translator Martin de Haan, Neljäntienristeys (Waar vier wegen samenkomen) by Tommi Kinnunen (Finland) and translator Sophie Kuiper, Mees, kes teadis ussisõnu (De man die de taal van slangen sprak) by Andrus Kivirähk (Estonia) and translator Jesse Niemeijer, Vielleicht Esther (Misschien Esther) by Katja Petrowskaja (Ukraine, written in German) and translator Wil Hansen, and last but not least Terre rare (Zeldzame aarden) by Sandro Veronesi (Italy) and translator Rob Gerritse. →
From 7 to 11 June 2016 the 47th Poetry International Festival (http://www NULL.poetryinternationalweb NULL.net/pi/site/aboutus/item/23155) 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. →
On 7 July, we awoke to the breaking news (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/man-booker-international-prize-to-reflect-growing-importance-of-translation) 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. →
The Dutch Vereniging van Letterkundigen (VvL (http://www NULL.vvl NULL.nu/vvl/index NULL.php), Society of Authors) has adopted General Terms and Conditions (http://www NULL.vvl NULL.nu/vvl/site/submenu/item/559) 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 (http://www NULL.gau NULL.nuv NULL.nl/bestuur-werkgroepen/literaire-uitgeversgroep-(lug) NULL.9540 NULL.lynkx), Literary Fiction Publishers’ Group). →
The Europese Literatuurprijs [European Literature Award] for 2015 has been awarded to Een handvol sneeuw (Aller Tage Abend) by German writer Jenny Erpenbeck (https://en NULL.wikipedia NULL.org/wiki/Jenny_Erpenbeck) in the Dutch translation by Elly Schippers (http://www NULL.goethe NULL.de/ins/se/prj/uar/nie/ueb/sch/nlindex NULL.htm).
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. →
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. →
Hans Boland, a Dutch translator of Russian literature, has refused to accept Russia’s Pushkin Medal because of his objections to President Vladimir Putin as a ‘very great danger to freedom and peace on our planet’. Established in 1999, the Pushkin Medal is awarded by the Russian government to individuals for extraordinary achievements in arts and culture. →
On Monday 3 March the literary translators’ division of the Dutch Authors’ Guild (VvL), in cooperation with the Foundation for Literary Activities Amsterdam (SLAA), hosted its annual discussion evening on translation, ‘Vertaalslag’. This year’s theme was ‘the translator as author, the author as translator’. The four speakers, associate professor of English literature and translation Onno Kosters, translator Jelle Noorman, artist, writer and translator Miek Zwamborn, and poet Tsead Bruinja, all had experience in both roles: they are writers as well as translators (sometimes of their own work). →
In April & May 2014 the fourth edition of the Translators Bliss Tour (‘Vertalersgeluktournee’) will take place in The Netherlands. The tour offers readers and literature lovers the opportunity to enter into a dialogue with translators on their profession: what choices do they make? And what makes the translation profession so challenging and rewarding? →
This year’s Translation Prize of the Dutch Foundation for Literature will be awarded to Martin de Haan, literary translator from French to Dutch. The Prize, in recognition of his entire body of work as a translator will be awarded on Friday 13 December in Amsterdam. The prize includes a cash sum of 10,000 Euros. →
The Vondel Translation Prize 2013 has been awarded to David Colmer for The Misfortunates, his translation into English of De helaasheid der dingen by Flemish author Dimitri Verhulst. The jury consisted of British critic Paul Binding (Times Literary Supplement) and translators Sam Garrett and Paul Vincent.
The Misfortunates was published in 2012 by Portobello Books of London. →
After twenty years students in the Netherlands and Flanders can again follow an academic course in literary translation. The new master’s programme, launched last September, is an international joint programme of Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and the University of Leuven (Belgium). It is the first two-year programme at master’s level in Europe teaching literary translation combined with research into the subject. →
Schwob, an initiative to publicize largely untranslated modern classics, cult books and must-reads from all over the world, recently launched its English website: en.schwob-books.eu (http://en NULL.schwob-books NULL.eu/). The site is part of a larger project to find and promote insider tips about modern European literature.
An international network of translators, publishing houses, festivals and literature foundations contribute by suggesting titles, as well as providing sample translations, background articles, and information on how to acquire rights. →
This year’s biennial Brockway Prize for translators of poetry from Dutch has gone to Judith Wilkinson. Awarded by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the prize of €5000 will be presented on 14 June 2013, during the 44th Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam.
The British poet and translator Judith Wilkinson came to prominence in England thanks mainly to her translations of the Flemish poet MiriamVan hee and the Dutch poet Toon Tellegen. →
The European Union announced today that a subsidy of €200,000, the maximum, has been granted to the Schwob.nl (http://www NULL.schwob NULL.nl) project to enable it to expand into an international network, a European portal for the best unknown books of world literature.
The Dutch Foundation for Literature launched Schwob.nl in 2011 as a website and organization that facilitates the promotion of literature from all parts of Europe that has not yet appeared in translation.→
The Dutch Foundation for Literature’s 2012 Translation Prizes have been awarded to David Colmer (translator Dutch-English), Mark Leenhouts (translator Chinese-Dutch and journalist) and Mark Wildschut (translator of German philosophical work). The prizes, awarded for a translator’s oeuvre as a whole, will be presented on Friday 14 December in Amsterdam. Each of the winners receives a sum of 10,000 euro. →
The Dutch Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds is awarding the 2012 Martinus Nijhoff Prize to translator and author Frans Denissen. He receives the 35,000 Euro prize for his translations of Italian literature into Dutch. Denissen published his first literary translation from Italian in 1982; 2011 saw the publication of his translation of Carlo Emilio Gadda’s De leerschool van het lijden (La cognizione del dolore)
In the intervening three decades, Denissen translated amongst other things Boccaccio’s Decameron, prose from respected 20th-century authors such as Leonardo Sciascia, Curzio Malaparte and Umberto Eco and the poetry of Cesare Pavese. →