European Literature Festival: Translation Pitch. New Literary Voice with PEN Presents

The Translation Pitch is back! Six translators go head-to-head, pitching their ‘must-acquire’ European books to a live audience and a jury of top publishing experts: Max Porter (Granta/Portobello), Meike Ziervogel (Peirene Press) and Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories). This whirlwind tour of contemporary European writing will uncover brilliant books from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Turkey and France which have not yet been translated into English. The full line-up of translators, announced at the London Book Fair, consists of Antoinette Fawcett, Paula Darwish, Karen Leeder, Emma Mandley, Sam Nagele and James Womack.

English PEN’s ‘PEN Presents’ initiative seeks to help UK publishers to discover – and publish – the most exciting books from around the world, and to support literary translators in their development as advocates for international literature. All six shortlisted translators in this European round of PEN Presents will be awarded a prize of £250; samples and reports of their chosen books will be showcased on English PEN’s website.


Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA
Admission: £5
Bookings: +44 20 7324 2570

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