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The 2017 AALITRA Symposium: Translating Australian Literature

Saturday 16 September

Boyd Community Centre, Melbourne

This event, exploring the role of translation in spreading cultural knowledge and introducing Australian writers to readers around the world, was presented thanks to generous support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

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ALICE PUNG & LEAH GERBER

Alice Pung spoke with Leah Gerber about her experience of literary translation, referring to the translation of her book Unpolished Gem into Italian, German and Indonesian. She also discussed her experiences in Italy where she spoke about literary translation at the University of Bologna, the University of Milan and the University of Pisa with her Italian translator and friend Adele D’Arcangelo.

Click here to watch the video of Alice and Leah’s conversation.

 

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KAREN VIGGERS

Novelist Karen Viggers talked about her translated books in general and offered insights into the successful marketing of her work in France, in particular. Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Norwegian, Slovenian and Spanish, and have enjoyed great success in France, selling more than 400,000 copies to date and winning a French Award. The Lightkeeper’s Wife (La Memoire des embrunswas on the French National Bestseller list for more than 32 weeks.

Click here to watch the video of Karen’s presentation.

 

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LILY YULIANTI FARID & PAUL THOMAS

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Lily Yulianti Farid and Paul Thomas discussed the role literary translation has in spreading cultural knowledge between Indonesia and Australia, referring to the ‘sound’ of the Australian novel in translation, and the impressions that Indonesians might get from reading Australian literature.

Click here to watch the video of Paul and Lily’s conversation.

(Thanks to Erik Beyersdorf for video production.)

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Photo by Di Cousens

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AALITRA Translation Prize 2016 – Award Ceremony

Tuesday 13 September. 6.0pm

China Cultural Centre Sydney

At this event, the winners of the 2016 AALITRA Translation Prize were announced, and each read out their translation of a Chinese poem or prose text. Prof. Nicholas Jose, Chair of the panel of judges was MC for the evening, and another of the judges, Isabelle Li, spoke about the importance of literary translation in a talk entitled “The Wedding Dress Maker”. Click here to listen the recording of the Award Ceremony.

The winning entries will be published in The AALITRA Review in 2017.

AGM with guest speaker Stathis Gauntlett

Thursday 26 May, 6.30-8.30pm

The Last Varlamis

Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday St, Carlton, VIC

Those present at the AGM discussed  upcoming events, debated some new ideas and voted in a new committee for 2016-2017. Details to be circulated soon.

We heard Stathis talk on the PLEASURES AND PITFALLS OF ENGLISHING GREEK FICTION. He discussed three of his translations from Greek published over the last twelve years. The most recent was The Last Varlamis by Thanasis Valtinos, ‘a contemporary text of indeterminate genre, to be launched with some fanfare in London on 13 May’. The others were ‘the Cypriot novella “The Gangsters” by Lefkios Zafiriou and Erotokritos by Vitsentzos Kornaros, a 10,000-verse Cretan Renaissance romance that took three of us five years to translate and annotate’. Stathis reflected on the experience of ‘Englishing’ these texts and the issues they raised about translating from Greek and dealing with reviewers.

Stathis Gauntlett is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and currently a Senior Research Associate of the University of Melbourne, where he was first appointed to the foundation lectureship in Modern Greek in 1973.  He retired from the Dardalis Chair of Hellenic Studies at La Trobe University in 2006.  Among his publications are books on rebetika (‘Greek blues’), articles on Greek literature and oral traditions, and literary translations.
A recording of Stathis’ presentation will be available here soon.

TRANSLATION AND THEATRE SYMPOSIUM

With presentations by Angela Tarantini and David Mence, Consuelo Martinez Reyes, Henry Méra and Michael Bula.

Saturday 26 September 2015

Boyd Community Centre, Melbourne

At this event organised in association with VITS (Victorian Interpreting and Translation Services), AALITRA hosted three presentations from translators, academics and theatre professionals discussing various issues and questions surrounding translation and theatre.

 

ANGELA TARANTINI & DAVID MENCE

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Angela Tarantini is translating into Italian some plays by award-winning Australian playwright, David Mence; together they explained how their two voices merge to create a new work and how non-verbal elements influence translation.

Click here to download the mp3 recording.

 

 

CONSUELO MARTINEZ REYES 

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Consuelo Martínez Reyes is in the process of translating and editing the unpublished works of Puerto Rican playwright and poet Victor Fragoso; she passed on some of his ideas and aesthetics, relevant to translators working in multi-lingual communities today.

Click here to download the mp3 recording.

 

 

MICHAEL BULA & HENRY MÉRA 

With years of experience at Melbourne French Theatre, Michael Bula & Henry Méra shared practical methods of presenting plays in one language so that they may be understood by an audience speaking a different language.

Click here to download the mp3 recording.

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Photo by Di Cousens

 

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INTERPRETING FOR WRITERS: LITERARY TRANSLATION AND CREATIVE INTERPRETING

A presentation by MARC ORLANDO

Tuesday 10 March

ACJC Centre, Monash University

In this talk, Marc Orlando focused on the contribution interpreters make to our understanding and appreciation of literature in translation, through their work interpreting for authors at writers’ festivals and other international literary events. He also described the particular set of skills this kind of interpreting requires, and gave an account of how some of these language professionals view this aspect of their work. Download Marc Orlando’s slide on Literary & creative interpretation.

INAUGURAL AALITRA TRANSLATION PRIZE CEREMONY

With presentations by RAMÓN LÓPEZ  CASTELLANO, PENNY HUESTON and PETER BOYLE

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Reader’s Feast Bookstore, Melbourne

At this event, the winners of the inaugural AALITRA Translation Prize were announced, and each read out their translation. In addition, Ramón López Castellano (Deakin University) spoke on the topic “Traduttore creatore”, Penny Hueston of Text Publishing spoke about translating, editing and publishing works of literature in Australia, and poet Peter Boyle spoke about the art of poetry translation.

The winning entries will be published in The AALITRA Review in 2015.

 

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Prize winners, presenters and invited guests (Photo by Michael Reynolds)

 

Ramón López Castellano (photo by Michael Reynolds)

Ramón López Castellano
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Photo by Michael Reynolds

Lilit Thwaites, Chair of the Prize Sub-committee  (Photo by Michael Reynolds)

Lilit Thwaites, Chair of the Prize Sub-committee
(Photo by Michael Reynolds)

Photo by Michael Reynolds

Photo by Michael Reynolds

TRANSLATING WORLD LITERATURE: JAPAN AND RUSSIA

With presentations by ROYALL TYLER and ROSAMUND BARTLETT

Thursday 6 March 2014

Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne

During this evening dedicated to world literature in translation, two eminent translators talked about their work. Royall Tyler, translator of The Tale of Genji and The Tale of the Heike, spoke about “Translating Medieval Japanese Epic and Theatre” and Rosamund Bartlett, biographer and translator of Tolstoy and Chekhov, among others, spoke about “Translating Tolstoy”.

Click on the links below to download the recordings:

Royall Tyler            Rosamund Bartlett

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SYMPOSIUM: TRANSLATION AND . . .

Symposium Linda Jaivin

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Saturday 9 November 2013

Boyd, Southbank

During this afternoon dedicated to translation, Nicholas Jose spoke about “Translation and Creative Practice”, Linda Jaivin about “Translation and Film”, and Chi Vu about “Translation and Diasporic Writing: Cultural Translation in Angula Ma: A Gothic Tale“.

Some of the presenters’ research will be published in The AALITRA Review in 2014 and 2015.

Symposium Nicholas Jose

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Symposium Chi Vu

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DIEGO MARANI

A conversation with Italian novelist and translator DIEGO MARANIMARANI_ICI_007

Tuesday 28 May 2013

Italian Cultural Institute, South Yarra

In this conversation, Diego Marani, author of New Finnish Grammar and The Last of the Vostyachs, talked about language, identity, and the experience of being translated. He also discussed the tongue-in-cheek thinking behind Europanto, a language of his own invention. This event was co-presented by AALITRA, the Italian Cultural Institute and Text Publishing.

Download the recording of Diego Marani on languages, identity and translation.

SYMPOSIUM: TRANSLATING POETRY

The AALITRA Poetry Symposium, Nov. 2012

The AALITRA Poetry Symposium, Nov. 2012. (Photo by Di Cousens.)

With presentations by ALI ALIZEDEH, HOANG NGUYEN, JAN OWEN, GIG RYAN and SIMON WEST

Saturday 10 November 2012

Boyd, Southbank

A special issue of The AALITRA Review, to appear in the first half of 2013, will be based on the symposium.

Recordings can be downloaded below:

Ali Alizadeh

Justin Clemens

Jan Owen

 Simon West

Download the Poetry Symposium program.