Project information

Writers in Translation

We want to support and promote literature in translation here in the UK. We celebrate books of outstanding literary value, dedication to free speech and intercultural understanding, helping to increase readerships for international literature and enrich our literary culture.

Our project is ongoing

Charity information: English PEN

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  • Need

    Need

    There is a shockingly small amount of translated literature published in this country. We believe that this leads to cultural stagnation and does not accurately reflect the diverse world in which we live. It often costs more to publish a book in translation, with the result that there is less money available to promote and market the title. We aim to address this problem in particular.

    Solution

    We provide support, in the form of financial grants, to help UK publishers with the promotion and marketing of books in translation. In association with the publisher, we devise a promotional strategy designed to increase public awareness of the title and of translated literature more generally.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support 6-8 titles a year, bringing the authors/translators to the UK and staging successful events.

    Activities

    » For each title, stage at least two public events with the author, and translator where possible, as part of a wider promotional strategy.

    Success will be...attracting a diverse audience to attend events.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Writers in Translation will help to increase readerships for translated literature in this country.
    Success will be attracting audiences of >50 to author events, and increasing book sales of titles supported by the programme.

    Risk

    Occasionally there is a risk that the grant money cannot be used as envisaged - for example, if an author is unable to travel to the UK to take part in promotional events. In this case, we would work with the publisher to devise an alternative strategy to promote the book using other means.

    Reporting

    Writers in Translation reports on its activities in a regular bulletin.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Individual grant Grant to support publicity and marketing plan for an individual title
      £2,000 Individual grant Grant to support publicity and marketing plan for an individual title
      £2,000 Individual grant Grant to support publicity and marketing plan for an individual title
      £2,000 Individual grant Grant to support publicity and marketing plan for an individual title
      £2,000 Individual grant Grant to support publicity and marketing plan for an individual title
      £2,000 Individual grant Grant to support publicity and marketing plan for an individual title
  • Background

    Location

    Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

    Beneficiaries

    Writers from around the world will benefit from having their work reach wider audiences. Readers in the UK will have the chance to attend events with authors who may not otherwise have been able to travel to the UK. Raising the profile of translated literature will benefit readers across the UK through the introduction of new voices and stories.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    English PEN occupies a unique position as the world's oldest human rights organisation and international literary organisation, working with a huge range of literary, social and political networks. We are well placed to reach out to new audiences and to promote literary translation through diverse channels.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jonathan Heawood

    Director, English PEN

    Julian Evans

    Chair, Writers in Translation

    Ros Schwartz

    Vice Chair, Writers in Translation

    Sophie Hoult

    Writers in Translation Programme Manager