Karen Leeder wins Translation Pitch: New Literary Voices with PEN Presents... at ELN 2016

Translation Pitch: New Literary Voices with PEN Presents

Six enthralling books by contemporary European writers which have not yet been translated into English will be pitched live

Thursday 9 Jun, 6.30pm

The Translation Pitch is back! Six translators go head-to-head, pitching their ‘must-acquire’ European books to a live audience and a jury of top publishing experts: Max Porter (Granta/Portobello), Meike Ziervogel (Peirene Press) and Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories). This whirlwind tour of contemporary European writing will uncover brilliant books from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Turkey and France which have not yet been translated into English.

English PEN’s ‘PEN Presents’ initiative seeks to help UK publishers to discover – and publish – the most exciting books from around the world, and to support literary translators in their development as advocates for international literature. All six shortlisted translators in this European round of PEN Presents will be awarded a prize of £250; samples and reports of their chosen books are available to download from English PEN’s website.

Speakers: Antoinette Fawcet,  Paula Darwish,Karen Leeder,Emma Mandley,Sam Nagele,James Womack

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA
Admission: £5
 +44 20 7324 2570,  www.freewordcentre.com


Hear the podcast of the event here  And see the pictures from the event.

Here is English PEN's account of the event


Credit for the images: Louise Swan and English PEN

Karen Leeder with Erica Jarnes of English PEN, and judges Max Porter, Meike Ziervogel and Stefan Tobler