Translating Illustrated Children's Books: The Challenges of Text and Image

Translating Illustrated Children's Books: The Challenges of Text and Image

10 Apr 2018, 11:30 - 12:30

The Cross-Cultural Hub
Language:
English

In many beloved children's books, text and illustration are inseparable. This poses a range of problems for translators and editors: what to do if the English text doesn't fit around the images as neatly as the source language? When the work uses rhyme and rhythm, how can these be carried over to a new context without the words losing touch with what the images depict? And what are the challenges of selling and buying rights, especially those particular to illustrated children's books? Join Emma Wright of the Emma Press, who oversees a growing list of translated children's poetry, alongside Latvian publisher Alīse Nīgale, translation specialist Lawrence Schimel, and picturebook publisher Greet Pauwelijn for a discussion of how to get things across.

Contributors

  • Alise Nigale

    Speaker

    Co-Founder

    Liels un Mazs

    Alise Nigale is the co-founder and the publishing director of the Latvian publishing house for children’s books Liels un Mazs since 2004. Liels un...

  • Emma Wright

    Speaker

    Founder

    Emma Press

    Emma Wright worked in ebook production at Orion Publishing Group before leaving to set up the Emma Press in 2012. She has since published over 50...

  • Greet Pauwelijn

    Speaker

    Founder

    Book Island

    Greet Pauwelijn set up her publishing company Book Island in 2012 in New Zealand and is now based in Bristol.  She selects stunning picture books...

  • Lawrence Schimel

    Speaker

    Publisher and Literary translator

    Lawrence Schimel has published over 50 children's books, written in Spanish or English, which have been chosen for the White Ravens, IBBY Outstanding...

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