Promotion of Literature in Translation: Two Days of Professional Debates, Inspiration and New Ideas in Yerevan

The workshop on Promotion of Literature in Translation lasted just two days but it seemed as if the discussions can continue for another two.

The workshop explored the various tools and approaches towards promoting literatures from "small" languages in translation not by offering theories but by showcasing the specific roles of the various actors in the field. Thus, speakers and contributors, both international and local, were invited to talk about their roles and practices as authors, translators, publishers, literary agents, public bodies, NGOs.

The workshop was opened by acknowledging the importance of the events that were taking place at the Ukrainian Maidan at the very moment of the workshop, and by a short statement of the Ukrainian writer Ljubko Deresh.

Each module was followed by lively discussions and input from all participants; in the breaks there was plenty of networking across national lines and professional roles.Some of the international speakers donated their fees to the Book Platform project activities in Armenia and to the Armenian Literature Foundation: a genuine sign of appreciation of the work of the project and the Foundation in the region.

The workshop ended with the endorsement of the Declaration on Encouraging and Promoting Translations - the first ever document of this kind in the region. The Book Platform project will continue gathering signatures and support for the Declaration in the following months.

It is the true professionalism of the speakers, the engaged commitment of the audience and the high level of organization that make this workshop a very special one in the series of Book Platform capacity building events. Read more...


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