International Translation Day 2018 | Free Word

28 September 2018
18:00 - 21:00

Presented by:
English Pen


International Translation Day is back in a brand new format for 2018


Three Things to Learn About Translation

Rahul Bery (Translator in Residence at the British Library), Rebecca May Johnson (The Poettrio Experiment) and Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature, UCL) will be in discussion with other academics and practitioners about what they’ve learned about translation so far. Expect insights into everything from practicalities to cultural policies, chaired by Theodora Danek.


Pitch This!

Accomplished editors Ailah Ahmed (Virago, Little, Brown), Federico Andornino (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) and Isabel Wall (Viking, Penguin Random House) will discuss three translation pitches chosen from your submissions.


Translation Party

Grab a drink from the bar, make use of our handy nametags, and network.


How to Pitch

Please click here for information on how to pitch your project. Please read the participating editors’ bios carefully, and choose one of them to pitch to. If your pitch is picked by the editor, we will let you know before the event. You will be asked to present your pitch live on stage. You can submit your pitch here via the online form.

28 September 2018
18:00 - 21:00
£15 / £12.50

English Pen


Ailah Ahmed

Senior Commissioning Editor

Ailah Ahmed is Senior Commissioning Editor at Little, Brown UK, Abacus Books, Virago Books. She is looking to publish voices in translation from outside Europe.

Federico Andornino

Fiction Commissioning Editor

Federico Andornino joined Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2017 as Fiction Commissioning Editor. He acquires literary fiction with an edge, sharp and original suspense and crossover, and fiction in translation.

Isabel Wall

Assistant Editor

Isabel Wall is Assistant Editor at Viking, Penguin Random House, where she spearheads the Penguin European Writers Series.

Rahul Bery

Translator in Residence

Rahul Bery is the Translator in Residence at the British Library. He is a secondary school teacher and translator from Spanish and Portuguese, based in Cardiff. He has translated essays and stories by Daniel Galera, Cesar Aíra and Enrique Vila-Matas

Dr Rebecca May Johnson

Research Associate

Dr Rebecca May Johnson is a Research Associate at The Poettrio Experiment, researching poetry in translation. She is a writer, literary curator, and co-founder and curator of the literary food salon ‘Voices at The Table’. She also co-curates ‘Sitting Room’, a long-running series of readings in people’s houses and public spaces. She created the Food Memory Bank, a digital project to collect public memory about food and eating.

Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature

Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen is a Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) and acting Director of Comparative Literature.




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