On 12 April 2018 the Association of Danish to English Literary Translators (DELT) was formally launched at the Danish Embassy in London. DELT founding Chair Ellen Kythor presented the new DELT Constitution (PDF)written by the new founding committee. Listen to Ellen’s five-minute introduction to the meeting – which includes a brief history of DELT – here:
A group of 16 enthusiastic literary translators took part in our first ever Danish Translation Slam!
The slam was organized as a mini-workshop wherein three groups compared their individually prepared draft translations of Janne Teller’s KOM, Maren Uthaug’s HVOR DER ER FUGLE and Jonas T. Bengtsson’s SUS with the aim of creating a collaborative translation excerpt of these works. The resulting translation excerpts can be downloaded and read here (PDF). Much fun was had by all and we look forward to arranging similar events in the future and seeing you all there!
by Lin Falk van Rooyen (translator and DELT committee member)
Meeting attendees (alphabetical by first name): Anna Halager, Bruce Thomson, David Young, Ellen Kythor, Fiona Harris, Hans Christian Andersen, Ian Giles, John Mason, Larry Morlan, Lin Falk van Rooyen, Liz Stephens, Misha Hoekstra, Paul Larkin, Paul Russell Garrett, Peter Sean Woltemade, Philip Curry, Solvej Todd.
Photos credits: Ian Giles and Paul Russell Garrett
Many thanks to the Danish Embassy in London for hosting. Click here for the Danish Embassy’s Facebook post about our meeting.
Following a year as a ‘working committee’ (April 2017- April 2018), the Founding Committee of DELT has been established with the following roles:
Ellen Kythor (Chair)
Paul Russell Garrett (Treasurer)
John Mason (Co-Secretary)
Sinead Quirke (Co-Secretary)
Lin Falk van Rooyen (Events and Networking Officer)
The Founding Committee will be in place for another year and will work to strengthen the future of DELT, receive and manage the association’s funds, and organise events. Future projects include the Danish Review/Books Bulletin (blog/magazine written by members). DELT Committee members will stand for re-election at the AGM as per the inaugural DELT Constitution.
At the meeting our current chair, Ellen Kythor, will present an overview of DELT activities. This will be followed by a discussion of the future aims and ambitions of the organisation, an address by our guest speaker, Rosalind Harvey (Topic: ‘But isn’t it all just subjective?’) and an opportunity to network, which will be initiated by an informal translation slam: we have selected short extracts (ca 200 – 300 words) from three wonderful contemporary Danish novels (Maren Uthaug’s Hvor der er fugle, Jonas T. Bengstsson’s Sus and Janne Teller’s Kom) and attendees will be invited to prepare a draft translation of one of these extracts in advance of the meeting.
DELT will be applying for funding to cover attendees’ travel and accommodation expenses. Information on how to RSVP has been emailed to DELT members and posted on the Google+ Community – if you would like to attend but have not received these details, please contact us via email at DELTCommittee@gmail.com
The Danish-English Network of literary Translators (DENT) has been renamed the association of Danish-English Literary Translators (DELT) in order to emphasise the creative, literary focus of its members. The rebrand is timely now at the start of 2018 when the working committee has been active over the last year formally establishing the network as an association with a formal committee.
DELT is an independent non-profit association, aiming to further the interests of literary translators from Danish to English, and actively build links with relevant cultural organisations, publishers, and other translators’ groups. We intend to hold at least two meetings for members per year, and our next full meeting where we will confirm our new structure and committee will coincide with London Book Fair 2018.
This network for literary translators of Danish into English was established and developed by Ellen Kythor as part of her Impact PhD studentship co-sponsored by UCL (University College London) and The Danish Arts Council’s Committee for Literature (Statens Kunstråds Litteraturudvalg). In 2014, Ellen launched the website and Google+ Community for translators to network and establish their group identity.
We were joined at our AGM on 3 November by two representatives from the nascent Danish-English Network of Literary Translators – or DENT – who came to observe SELTA at work. Afterwards, we put a few questions to the founder and current Chair of DENT, Ellen Kythor.
A ‘working committee’ of 6 DENT members has come together following the meeting in London in March. The working committee will meet in Denmark in mid June 2017 to agree the following pressing issues to strengthen the future of DENT:
– a group constitution
– how to receive and manage funds
and to discuss more fully:
– events calendar
– ‘Danish Books Bulletin’ (ie. a regular DENT blog/magazine written by members)
Once the working committee has proposals, aspects will be shared with all DENT members to discuss and agree where applicable. The timeframe for this whole futureproofing project is approximately a year.
Working committee members are: Ellen Kythor, John Mason, Kerri Pierce, Lin Falk van Rooyen, Paul Russell Garrett and Sinead Quirke.
DENT meeting for Danish-English literary translators: ‘TRANSLATOR AS AGENT’
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 09.30 – 11.30
Danish Embassy in London, 55 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SR
The theme ‘translator as agent’ will be addressed by guest speakers with publishing industry experience. The meeting will also be a networking opportunity and a chance to discuss the future of DENT. Agenda and speakers to be confirmed – information will follow on the Google+ Community.
MEETING OPEN TO ALL Danish-English literary translators. The meeting coincides with London Book Fair.
Please RSVP by 8 February to Ellen Kythor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Danish-English Network of literary Translators (DENT) meeting to coincide with Bogforum 2016 – all welcome
A meeting for Danish to English literary translators, emerging and established. Any interested translators can attend. A meeting to plan for DENT, talk about BogForum, and network with other translators.
DATE/TIME: Friday 11 November 2016, 9.00-11.30am
VENUE: Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 2., København V
‘Henrik Ibsen died in 1906, taking the answer of what happened to Nora with him to the grave. Nora was gone once and for all, the author was dead, and from this point, we were left to imagine what became of Nora after she walked out, and many have imagined just this. For Nora’s action was as exotic then as it is now, not to say immoral.
But what about Helmer? Did he just sit in a corner feeling ashamed for the next hundred years or did he become a happier, wilder and greedier man after Nora left – and did he, in reality, end up being a free man rather than a forsaken one?
Helmer Hardcore is the modern-day story of how Helmer went amok once the door had shut behind Nora.’
Jakob Weis, 2007
After discovering Helmer Hardcore in 2012 while translating A Doll’s House for [Foreign Affairs], an international theatre company based in London, I tracked down a copy of the play and contacted the author, Jakob Weis. With his permission, I began translating the play during my BCLT mentorship with Barbara Haveland, who at the time was working on translating the new Penguin Ibsen series. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as her expertise and passion for Ibsen proved to be a wonderful asset. Ibsen’s influence on Weis quickly became obvious, evidenced not only by the subtle touches scattered throughout the play, but also by the echoes of Ibsen’s voice found in the language, rhythm and structure of this modern-day sequel to A Doll’s House.
Jakob Weis is a highly productive writer in Denmark, having produced over thirty works since his debut in 1992. He has twice been awarded the coveted Reumert Prize for Best Danish Dramatist, winning in 2007 and 2011, and has also taken home a number of Reumerts for Best Manuscript over the years, including for Helmer Hardcore. Few Danish dramatists get the opportunity to see their work performed in the UK and this event will be an important step towards that goal, with The Helmer Project scheduled for production in the spring of 2015, a project which will see [Foreign Affairs] performing A Doll’s House and Helmer Hardcore in repertory in London. More details on the November event and the upcoming production can be found at www.foreignaffairs.org.uk/productions/the-helmer-project.
As part of 5 Days of [Foreign Affairs], a festival of theatre in the heart of London, 13 – 14 November are dedicated to Helmer Hardcore, featuring a rehearsed reading of the play, a live trailer for The Helmer Project, followed by talks with the author, translator and an impressive group of speakers. Special thanks to Danske Dramatikere for supporting the translation of Helmer Hardcore and to the Danish Arts Foundation for supporting Jakob Weis’ trip to London for the purpose of this event.