Sunday, 3 April 2011

(Spiritual) Mother of All Translators

Not only is today the 119th anniversary of the first documented ice cream sundae (I suspect Google has a deal going with the ice cream industry, you know) - it's Mother's Day in the UK too!

And what better way to mark this day than reading a piece by Britain's spiritual mother of all translators, Anthea Bell OBE? A mother in the more traditional sense too, Bell dispenses maternal advice on how to get into literary translation at Essential Writers.

I love the way she dismisses that old adage about faithfulness and women. To her advice, I would add that another way to get your name known nowadays (or at least pad out your CV) is to submit translations to magazines, especially online. We have some useful hints at no man's land too (click on Translators' Tips on the left).

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