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.

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 (http://www NULL.vertalersvakschool NULL.nl/) (Amsterdam Academy for literary translation) will open an academy in Antwerp in cooperation with Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren (http://www NULL.fondsvoordeletteren NULL.be/) (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.

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: Dreaming Murakami (https://www NULL.idfa NULL.nl/nl/film/62075d91-295b-4171-ae39-b739672c9381/dreaming-murakami). 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 (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).

Netherlands Translate!

Netherlands Translate!

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).

Creation of a contract-law dispute arbitration board in the Netherlands

Creation of a contract-law dispute arbitration board in the Netherlands

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/).

Shortlist for European Literature Award shows a wide variety of source languages

Shortlist for European Literature Award shows a wide variety of source languages

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.

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 (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.

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 (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.

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 (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).

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 (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.

Literary Translators’ Visibility in The Netherlands: Vertaalslag 2014

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).

Transnational master programme in literary translation kicks off

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 sets up English website on the world’s best unknown books

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.