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Translation Pitch: East and Southeast Asia with PEN Presents

Past Event
  • Presented By: English PEN in partnership with the Asia Literary Review and Free Word
  • Thu 8 Jun 2017
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • 1 hour 30 mins
  • Free Word Centre

Six translators pitch exciting books from East and Southeast Asia to a panel of publishing experts.

This is your chance to discover brand new literature from East and Southeast Asia. Six translators will introduce you to the books that they’re most excited about: magical realism from Taiwan, a sci-fi love story and an exploration of recent history via art restoration from South Korea, short stories focusing on the female experience from Malaysia, a funny novel about death from Japan, and queer poetry from Indonesia. Deborah Smith (Tilted Axis Press), Ka Bradley (Granta Books) and Euan Monaghan (Structo Press) will be on hand to judge the translation pitch.


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 PEN Presents will be awarded a prize of £250; samples and reports of their chosen books are showcased in a special catalogue. Find out more about PEN Presents East and South East Asia here.


Deborah Smith (Translator & Founder, Tilted Axis Press)

Euan Monaghan (Editor, Structo Press)

Ka Bradley (Junior Editor, Granta Books)

Sophie Bowman (Translator)

Natascha Bruce (Translator)

Pingta Ku (Translator)

Laurel Taylor (Translator)

Tiffany Tsao (Translator)

Jason Woodruff (Translator)


English PEN

www.englishpen.org |@englishpen


Asia Literary Review

www.asialiteraryreview.com | @AsiaLitReview

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