Counterpoint is an e-zine for everyone interested in literary translation. Whether you are a translator, publisher, agent, researcher, student or journalist, or just have a general interest in literature across borders, the European book market, and in the people that shape both, there will be something in Counterpoint of interest to you. →
On 30 November 2018 Françoise Wuilmart, literary translator and one of CEATL’s founding members, was interviewed at the University of Western Australia. The interview took place on the initiative of Prof. Alexandra Ludewig, head of the department of translation studies (https://study NULL.uwa NULL.edu NULL.au/Courses/translation-studies).
Graduates of the department work as professional literary translators or use their bilingualism or multilingualism in other professions. →
PEN Ukraine in cooperation with the International Renaissance Foundation (http://www NULL.irf NULL.ua/en/) announces a competition for the translation of Oleg Sentsov’s book of stories into three foreign languages: English, German, and Polish.
The project will be implemented within the mini-grants program of PEN Ukraine Translation Fund Grants, which aims to support the translation of works by Ukrainian authors into foreign languages. →
The 30th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (https://www NULL.idfa NULL.nl/en/) (IDFA) takes place from 15 to 26 November 2018. One of the almost 300 documentaries screened at this festival is about the translator as the preserver of vulnerable languages and cultures.
In her film, The Miracle of the Little Prince (https://www NULL.idfa NULL.nl/en/film/f537a354-0762-4531-a7a8-5ab65a2753cb/the-miracle-of-the-little-prince) , director Marjoleine Boonstra shows the portrait of four translators who translate Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le petit prince into their own language and culture. →
PEN International (https://pen-international NULL.org/) has just issued its annual Case List of transgressions against the freedom of expression. Affirming the idea that ‘Literature knows no frontiers and must remain common currency among people in spite of political or international upheavals’ and the principle of ‘unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations’, PEN International has identified five patterns of oppression in 2017. →
CEATL’s General Meeting adopted 10 May 2018 its Guidelines for fair contracts as a tool for establishing good practices in the literary translation sector. These guidelines are built on the hexalogue for good practice published by CEATL in May 2011.
The guidelines pay particular attention to the licensing of rights, moral rights, remuneration, accounting, acceptance of the translation and warranties to the publisher but also include a note on ‘work made for hire’ contracts. →
“It’s easy to say what a bad translation is. The ones that are accidentally jagged like the person wielding the scissors was drunk. The ones where someone has misunderstood the original, or perhaps misinterpreted it. The ones where all individuality has been smoothed out. But how do we identify a successful translation? →
There seems to be a commonly held belief (among translators, publishers, and readers alike) that the more books you translate, the faster you become. But often the opposite is true, because with experience many translators become more alert to linguistic subtleties and literary complexities.
Award-winning literary translator and former president of CEATL Ros Schwartz interviewed several fellow translators on speed and (often insane) deadlines. →
Twenty-one translators’ associations, all members of CEATL, joined forces to create a short video to promote the importance of literary translators.
As the 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare’s death drew to a close, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations breathed life into the Bard of Avon’s most famous line in twenty-one European languages, and extended its best wishes for 2017. →
On 1 January 2017 nine European organisations (British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT (http://www NULL.bclt NULL.org NULL.uk/)), European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations (CEATL), Deutscher Übersetzerfonds (http://www NULL.uebersetzerfonds NULL.de/), Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE (https://www NULL.elte NULL.hu/en/)), Expertisecentrum Literair Vertalen (ELV (http://literairvertalen NULL.org/)), Fondazione Universitaria San Pellegrino (FUSP (http://www NULL.fusp NULL.it/en)), University of Leuven (http://www NULL.kuleuven NULL.be/english/), Nederlandse Taalunie (http://over NULL.taalunie NULL.org/dutch-language-union), Utrecht University (https://www NULL.uu NULL.nl/en)) officially launched the PETRA-E Network for the Education and Training of Literary Translators. →
The Spanish association ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/) has been awarded the 2016 Gerardo de Cremona International Award (http://blog NULL.uclm NULL.es/premiogerardocremona/?lang=en) within the category Institutions from the Northern Shore. For the Southern Shore, the prize has gone to the National Centre for Translation in Egypt (http://nct NULL.gov NULL.eg/?___store=english&___from_store=default). →
On 15 October 2015 PEN International adopted the Quebec Declaration on Literary Translation and Translators (http://www NULL.pen-international NULL.org/the-quebec-declaration-on-literary-translation-and-translators/).
The text contains a six-point summary of the principles and objectives that PEN International intends to promote in the area of literary translation. These principles include the importance of translation in promoting the dignity of all cultures and languages, the need to draw attention to the conditions required in order to engage in this activity and, above all, the importance of defending the people who make communication possible – literary translators. →
30 September is celebrated in the professional translation and interpreting communities as International Translation Day. Help celebrate this day by clicking on one of the pictures below (or click here or here) and send the CEATL e-card (featuring Adéla Tilcerová’s and Roman Tilcer’s winning image in our picture contest) to friends, colleagues, publishers, literary critics, etc. →
On 26 August, the final meeting of the PETRA-E Project was held in the Collège Européen des Traducteurs Littéraires de Seneffe. The Framework of Reference, now available in eight languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish and Bulgarian – Portuguese to follow soon), was officially presented to Konrad Fuhrmann, a representative of the European Commission. →
The PETRA-E(ducation) Framework for Literary Translation, which maps out a literary translator’s competencies, has been completed.
The Framework addresses the recommendations highlighted during the initial PETRA 2011 conference on the teaching of literary translation in Europe. The PETRA 2011 conference recommended the development of a learning framework which can be used to develop the education of literary translators, and also to create opportunities for collaboration and exchange between schools and universities teaching literary translation. →
On April 23, World Book Day, CEATL launched a Picture Contest ‘The Face of Translation’ to make literary translators more visible.
Amateur visual artists were called on to create sparky and clever pictures reflecting the existence and importance of literary translations and translators, their challenges and their role in literature. Any technique from photography, drawing, printmaking and painting could be used and the competition welcomed all themes related to literary translation. →
On 23 April – World Book Day – CEATL, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations, launched a picture contest: ‘The Face of Translation’. For this contest CEATL is calling on amateur visual artists to create sparky and clever pictures reflecting the existence and importance of literary translations and translators, their challenges, and their role in literature. →
CEATL, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations, is calling on amateur visual artists to create sparky and clever pictures reflecting the existence and importance of literary translations and translators, their challenges, and their role in literature. Any technique from photography, drawing, printmaking and painting can be used – as well as any topic, as long as it is in some way related to literary translation. →
On 5 January 2016, authors from a number of countries released open letters asking publishers to reconsider the contract terms they offer authors and outlining the parts of publishing contracts where, from the author’s perspective, reform is urgently needed.
The International Authors Forum (IAF (http://internationalauthors NULL.org/)) has also established 10 Principles for Fair Contracts. →
The Banff International Literary Translation Centre hosts one translation student from each of the founding countries – Canada, Mexico, and the United States – and 15 literary translators, either from the Americas translating literature from anywhere in the world, or translators from anywhere in the world translating literature from the Americas. →