WoW: A Wisdom of Wordsmiths





A Wisdom of Wordsmiths, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, April 3rd, 2020

Publishers, Promoters, Editors, and Translators Exploring Modern Russian & Slavonic Literary Translation

08.45-09.15 Registration

09.15-09.30 Welcome (Dr Muireann Maguire and Dr Cathy McAteer)

09.30-10.15 Keynote Talk: The Pre-History of Russian Literature in English Translation (Professor Rebecca Beasley, University of Oxford)

10.15-11.15 Round Table on Promoting Russian Culture in the UK: Confirmed speakers include representatives from Pushkin House, English PEN, CRCEES (University of Glasgow), the Times Literary Supplement, BASEES, the Anglo-Russian Research Network, and the Great Britain-Russia Society.

11.15-11.30 Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.30 Publishers’ Round Table: We ask publishers to give us their perspective on what readers want, how translation publishing is likely to develop, what can be published today and what can’t, and how to write the perfect pitch. Confirmed speakers include representatives from Dedalus Books, Glagoslav Publishers, and AST Press (Moscow).

12.30-1.30 Lunch (St Catharine’s College Dining Hall)

1.30-2.30 Translators’ Round Table I: We ask Russian-to-English literary translators to talk about their experiences working with different publishers; making contact with, working with, and advocating for authors; and negotiating the book trade. What sells well and why? What determines which books get commissioned for translation? What do literary prizes achieve? Confirmed speakers include Bryan Karetnyk, Anna Gunin, Boris Dralyuk, and Arch Tait.

2.30-3.30 Translators’ Round Table II: We give the floor to authors and translators working from Slavic languages other than Russian, or from Russian into languages other than English. Confirmed speakers include Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Polish), Olivia Hellewell (Slovenian), James Womack (Russian-Spanish), and Hamid Ismailov (Uzbek).

3.30-4.00 Tea/Coffee

4.00-4.15 RusTrans Presentation (Dr Muireann Maguire)

4.15-4.45 Open Round Table

 End of Conference

This event has been made possible thanks to funding from the European Research Council’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 802437)