Add to researchYoung Translators' Prize winners announced

Congratulations to Derick Mattern and John Angliss, winners of the Young Translators’ Prizes in Prose and Poetry.

Related project: Turkey Announced as the Market Focus Country for 2013

John Angliss (prose) and Derick Mattern (poetry) were presented with their awards by Maureen Freely at a reception held in the impressive surroundings of SALT Galata, Istanbul.

The Young Translators’ Prize was launched in June to identify promising literary translators, from Turkish to English, at the start of their careers and will provide the opportunity and support for them to become professional literary translators.  The winners were selected from 259 entries across 10 countries and were chosen for their mastery of the Turkish and English languages and the techniques of literary English.  The winners will receive tailored mentoring from Maureen Freely and Sasha Dugdale as part of BCLT’s mentorship programme.

Ahead of the prize-giving, shortlisted applicants attended a Translation Day where they participated in workshops and lively discussions on issues around translation and working as a professional translator.  The activities were led by distinguished Turkish-English translators: Maureen Freely, Murat Belge, Güven Turan, Amy Spangler and Clifford Endres.

Maureen Freely commented:

The strongest candidates are certainly ready to work at the professional level, and that is good news, because there is so much interesting work being written in Turkey that deserves a wider audience, and it will be translators who make that possible.

This activity forms part of our Cultural Programme for Turkey Market Focus at The London Book Fair.