CPD: Literary Translation Workshop


Workshop Overview

This workshop will combine text-based work and practical aspects of literary translation as a profession. The morning session will be devoted to text-related issues:

  • comparing different published English-language translations of the same sample text (no knowledge of source language required)
  • looking at typical challenges in terms of cultural or specialist knowledge
  • translating historical vs contemporary writers
  • working with editors and proofreaders

The afternoon session will focus on practical aspects of literary translation:

  • how to get started / how to progress
  • rights and permissions
  • pricing models and model contracts
  • publishing outlets
  • networking and CPD opportunities
  • balancing time, money and love of translation

There will be Q&A throughout the day.

Facilitator: Rachel McNicholl

Rachel McNicholl is a freelance translator and editor based in Dublin. She studied French, German and Italian for BA and has an MA in German Language and Literature. She has worked at home and abroad in research, teaching, journalism and publishing.

Rachel’s literary translations have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Stinging Fly, Manoa, No Man’s Land, Best European Fiction and The Short Story Project. Her translation of Nadja Spiegel’s short-story collection sometimes i lie and sometimes i don’t was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2015. Her most recent publication, co-translated with Sinéad Crowe, is The Storyteller, a novel by German-Lebanese author Pierre Jarawan (World Editions, 2019).

Rachel was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant by PEN America in 2016 and a Literature Bursary by the Irish Arts Council in 2014.

Booking Information

Date:  Saturday, 25 April 2020

Time:  11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. Light lunch and networking included.

Facilitator:  Rachel McNicholl (ITIA)

Venue:  Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Fee:  EUR 60.00 for ITIA members / EUR 90.00 for non-members

Booking:  Please email Rosemary: info@translatorsassociation.ie

Payment: For payment, please use the facilities on our Membership Fees page.

Places are limited. Priority will be given to ITIA members.

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