First Gerardo de Cremona Prizes for the promotion of translation in the Mediterranean have been awarded

First Gerardo de Cremona Prizes for the promotion of translation in the Mediterranean have been awarded

On 7 May 2015 the new Gerardo de Cremona Prizes for the promotion of translation in the Mediterranean were launched by the School of Translators of Toledo (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain), the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Human Sciences and Islamic Studies (Casablanca, Morocco), the MED 21 Programme – Network Awards for promotion of Excellence and Cooperation in the Mediterranean, and the City Council of Cremona (Italy). The aim of these prizes is to honor annually the significant contributions in the field of translation (practice, teaching, critiques, research, and reflection) of one individual and one institution from countries in the north and south of the Mediterranean. […]

CEATL’s e-card to celebrate International Translation Day 2015

CEATL’s e-card to celebrate International Translation Day 2015

September 30, the feast of St. Jerome, is celebrated in the professional translation and interpreting communities as International Translation Day. If you want to celebrate this day, please click here and send the CEATL e-card with the photo of our photo contest winner Anne de Vries to your friends, colleagues, publishers, literary critics etc. Happy Translation Day! […]

‘The Dancers’, by Anne de Vries, winner of CEATL’s international photo contest ‘Translation, Everywhere’

‘The Dancers’, by Anne de Vries, winner of CEATL’s international photo contest ‘Translation, Everywhere’

This year CEATL’s competition has been an international photography contest called ‘Translation, Everywhere’. CEATL invited photo amateurs to create sparky and clever photographs reflecting the existence and importance of literary translators, the challenges they face, and their role in literature. There was no specific topic, as long as the photograph was in some way related to literary translation. The prize – a 200 Euro voucher for dinner and books — will be awarded on the International Translation Day, 30 September 2015. Moreover, the winning photograph will be the image used for this year CEATL’s greeting postcard. A good way to make translators actually be everywhere. […]

TTIP negotiations : CEATL welcomes the European Parliament’s recommendations

TTIP negotiations : CEATL welcomes the European Parliament’s recommendations

In a press release dated 2 February 2015, CEATL sounded the alarm on the fact that the publishing industry was part of the TTIP negotiating mandate, which might pose a threat to policies of protection and promotion of the book sector, notably to fixed book prices.

CEATL therefore welcomes the recommendations to the European Commission adopted on 8 July 2015 by the European Parliament regarding the TTIP, recommending to confirm that financial support to cultural industries and fixed book price systems will not be challenged by the obligations under the TTIP agreement. […]

‘Translation, Everywhere’ Photo Contest

‘Translation, Everywhere’ Photo Contest

Literary translators don’t exist. That’s what you’d often think from looking at the press, book reviews, book covers… You’d think books are magically written in all sorts of languages at the drop of a hat. Shakespeare wrote his sonnets in English, but they are read all over the world in Russian, German, Swedish, Catalan… So literary translators do exist. Help make us visible!

CEATL, the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations (www.ceatl.eu), is calling on amateur photographers to create sparky and clever photographs reflecting the existence and importance of literary translators, their challenges, and their role in literature. Any topic can be used, as long as it is in some way related to literary translation. One digital picture per participant will be accepted, and a 200 Euro voucher for dinner and books will be awarded for the winner before International Translation Day, 30 September 2015. […]

Guide book of grants for translation of fiction and non-fiction now available

Guide book of grants for translation of fiction and non-fiction now available

BooksinItaly, a portal on Italian publishing, has launched a new initiative: Premi e incentivi alle traduzioni 2015.

This guide book, edited by the Italian Publishers’ Association and the magazine Il Giornale della Libreria, presents a complete overview of grants offered by 29 European (and 11 non-European) institutions for the translation of fiction and non-fiction. […]

Iranian conservative media lash out at Sepideh Jodeyri, translator of a French lesbian graphic novel

Iranian conservative media lash out at Sepideh Jodeyri, translator of a French lesbian graphic novel

According to an article by French author Julie Maroh [link], Iranian poet and translator Sepideh Jodeyri has become the target of Iran’s religiously conservative media outlets.

After her public support for the pro-democracy ‘Green movement’ Jodeyri’s works were banned in Iran, and she was forced to publish her Farsi translation of Maroh’s novel Le blue est une couleur chaude (in English called Blue is the Warmest Colour) abroad. The novel is a coming-of-age story about a young woman in a lesbian relationship. The translation is published by Naakojaa, an Iranian publishing house in Paris. […]

TTIP negotiations: CEATL sounds the alarm on literature and publishing not being covered by the so-called ‘cultural exception’  

TTIP negotiations: CEATL sounds the alarm on literature and publishing not being covered by the so-called ‘cultural exception’   

CEATL urges the parties responsible for the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States of America to pay attention to the following issues of concern to everyone with a stake in European literatures and the cultural values they constitute: […]

‘Words Travel Worlds’, winner of CEATL’s third international video contest ‘Spot the translator’

‘Portraits of Literary Translators’ was the topic chosen by CEATL for the 2014 international video contest ‘Spot the Translator’, now in its third year. The contest invites artists to help make translators more visible by creating sparky and clever short films highlighting the existence and importance of literary translators, the challenges they face and their role in literature.