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The business of literary translation – a practical guide for emerging translators

11 June 2014

Monday 21 July 2014
Free Word Centre, London EC1

This one-day event, organised by the Emerging Translators’ Network, will give you the tools
you need to make a career in literary translation. Speakers from the publishing industry will
provide an insight into how foreign rights work, and what to expect from the editing process,
as well as what qualities they value in their translators.

Experienced translators will lead practical sessions on making a living, raising your profile,
writing a reader’s report, and negotiating fees and contracts.

Have you found a book you love, but are unsure how to approach a publisher? You’ll also
have a chance to pitch a translation to editors from UK publishers, and receive some honest

The day will finish with a speed-networking session with people from the publishing industry
and cultural organisations, and an opportunity to exchange tips with other translators
working in your language pairs.

Featured speakers:
Chris Gribble, Chief Executive, Writers’ Centre Norwich (chair)
Gesche Ipsen, Editor, Pushkin Press
Meike Ziervogel, Publisher, Peirene Press
Lisa Baker, Rights Director, Faber & Faber
Sarah Burton, Contracts Advisor, Society of Authors
Geoff Mulligan, Publisher, The Clerkenwell Press
Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Translator
Katy Derbyshire, Translator
Ellie Steel, Editor, Harvill Secker

Book online here:

If you have any queries, please email

If you would like to join the network, please complete the form on the Emerging Translators’
Network website, at:

This event is kindly supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Writers’ Centre

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