Literary Translation Centre

  • Literary Translation Centre

    In an increasingly global book trade, the role of the translator has never been more important. If there is a barrier preventing the flow of titles from one territory to another, it is that English has become the lingua franca of the industry and only a tiny percentage of titles are ever translated into English.

    Each year at LBF, world-renowned translators gather to discuss the issues and trends impacting foreign language markets at our dedicated Literary Translation Centre.

  • Making Words Travel

    The Literary Translation Centre, sponsored by AmazonCrossing with funding from Arts Council England provides a hub for learning, debate and networking for all those passionate about the art and business of literary translation. The area features a curated seminar programme and dedicated meeting area.

    View 2019 Seminars

    Catch up on 2018

    At LBF 2018, top translators, writers and editors debated and considered wide-ranging topics impacting the world of foreign language publishing. Relive the discussions from the Literary Translation Centre via our YouTube channel.

    Watch Seminars

    Translation focused LBF Talks

    In July we held a translation focused webcast as part of our LBF Talks series. Lead by Rosie Goldsmith, acclaimed broadcaster and journalist, three panellists debated the nature of Literary Translation, the skills required, how to forge a career in this arena, current trends, and the opportunities and challenges in getting world literature translated.

    Watch the Webcast

  • Sponsor

    AmazonCrossing is an imprint of Amazon Publishing that introduces readers to authors from around the world with translations of foreign language books, making award-winning, best-selling, and important contemporary books accessible to many readers for the first time.


    Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They support a range of activities across the arts, musuems and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.


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