A Different Window onto the World: Indigenous Language Literature, Identity and Translation in Scotland, Wales and Europe

A Different Window onto the World: Indigenous Language Literature, Identity and Translation in Scotland, Wales and Europe

13 Mar 2019, 11:30 - 12:30

Literary Translation Centre
Language:
English

With an increased interest in the distinctiveness of the home nations and new narratives emerging, this event will examine what linguistic diversity in literature looks like in parts of the UK and how it can offer different windows on the world.

 

UNESCO is celebrating the Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019 and translation is enjoying a high profile at present. During this discussion, writers working in Welsh, Gaelic, Catalan, Basque and Dutch will discuss their views on challenges and opportunities posed by writing and translating in languages other than English, in a landscape dominated by English-language publishing.

 

How can writers in smaller languages engage with the wider world and be heard, if the language they write in has to compete and co-exist with English for publication? How can languages from other parts of the world interact with Welsh and Gaelic and seek out the publishing opportunities they offer, bypassing translations into English?

 

We will hear from award-winning Welsh writer Caryl Lewis, as well as Scottish writers and translators working in Gaelic. They will be joined by Karmele Jaio (who writes in Basque), Albert Forns (who writes in Catalan) and the event will be chaired by Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones from Wales.

 

This seminar is a collaboration between Creative Scotland and the collective stand for Wales (managed by a group of seven Welsh organisations).

 

The Literary Translation seminar programme is produced with the help of funding from Arts Council England and Amazon Crossing Sponsorship

Contributors

  • Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones

    Chairperson

    She has worked for over thirty years in higher education in Wales as researcher, lecturer and professor in the field of culture, media, language...

  • Albert Forns

    Speaker

    Journalist and award-winning Catalan writer, who regularly writes on theatre, literature and visual arts for the magazineTime Out Barcelona, the...

  • Karmele Jaio Eiguren

    Speaker

    The Basque author has published two novels and three books of short stories Hamabost zauri (Fifteen Wounds, 2004), Zu bezain ahul (As Weak as You,...

  • Caryl Lewis

    Speaker

    Caryl Lewis is an award-winning Welsh-language author who has published eleven books for adults, three novels for young adults and thirteen...

  • Aonghas MacNeacail

    Speaker

    Aonghas MacNeacail poet and songwriter, was born in Uig, on the Isle of Skye. He is also a broadcaster, journalist, scriptwriter, librettist and...

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