Literary Translation from Arabic into English in the UK and Ireland – a presentation and debate at the Free Word Centre, London

2nd February 2012, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Free Word CentreLondon, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA, free, refreshments will be served

LAF and the Free Word Centre invite you to a presentation of the report by co-authors Alice Guthrie and Alexandra Büchler, followed by a panel debate and Q & A. Speakers include translators of Arabic fiction Professor Marilyn Booth and Dr Peter Clark OBE.

LAF’s recent report Literary Translation from Arabic in the UK and Ireland is an in-depth look at the last twenty years of Arabic literature in English translation in the UK and Ireland. Drawing on a broad range of sources, the report traces the trajectory of contemporary literary works translated from Arabic, from the initial selection of titles, to the work of translators and editors, through to book sales and critical reception. It addresses a range of relevant issues such as translator training and translation quality control, and public and private support for translation.

As could be expected, the journey of books into a culture generally resistant to translation offers rich areas for discussion and the authors look forward to your feedback.

The event is free but please contact to reserve your place. For directions to the Free Word Centre visit:

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