Saturday, 4 March 2017

English PEN Writers in Translation News

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March 2017

Hello! This month: a short but sweet reading list inspired by International Women's Day; international literature event highlights; translation opportunities; and the return of PEN Atlas.

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Event highlights

8 March - International Fiction on International Women's Day
An evening of readings by acclaimed international authors Martina Evans, Wioletta Greg, Xiaolu Guo, Michèle Roberts and Meike Ziervogel. More information
13 March - Wanderlust: Bakhtiyar Ali
Bakhtiyar Ali will discuss his PEN-awarded novel I Stared at the Night of the City, a lyrical interpretation of contemporary Kurdistan, with his translator Kareem Abdulrahman. Buy tickets
13-16 March - Prabda Yoon on tour
Tilted Axis Press are taking Prabda Yoon, the author of the PEN-awarded The Sad Part Was, on tour with his translator Mui Poopoksakul. Find out more
16 March - Imagining Futures: Jacek Dukaj and Zen Cho 
In this PEN event, celebrated Polish science-fiction writer Jacek Dukaj and British-Malaysian writer Zen Cho come together to discuss ‘imagined futures’.  Buy tickets

Opportunities for translators

The next Cambridge Conversation in Translation on 6 March is about translation and censorship. Find out more
The Translation Symposium is back! Come to the Free Word Centre on 13 March for a day of discussion about literary translation. More information
Getting started in literary translation, with Paul Russell Garrett, Anne-Marie Jackson and Ros Schwartz. Book tickets
A new translation and writing prize for translations of Austrian poetry, short fiction and book extracts. Deadline: 13 March
Asymptote seeks unpublished literary fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
London Book Fair is almost upon us! Find us at the Literary Translation Centre and the English PEN literary salon.
'Even if you’re 75 years old and haven’t left the city you’ve grown up in, you have migrated through time. To me, it feels like the theme of being human is being a migrant.' - PEN Atlas is back with a Q&A with writer Mohsin Hamid.

What to read in March and always

This Lithub series on women writers we'd love to see translated
Women's Poetry from Montenegro on Words Without Borders

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