Translation Workshop, Ty Newydd, Wales

Owen Martell by Anahit Hayrapetyan
Owen Martell, photographed by Anahit Hayrapetyan

Tuesday 6th - Sunday 11th April 2010

Tŷ Newydd, Wales

This spring sees the first in a series of reunions for the Word Express writers as part of the translation phase of the project. Welsh writers Owen Martell and Siân Melangell Dafydd will welcome Milan Dobričić from Serbia, Mima Simić from Croatia and Igor Isakovski from Macedonia.

This five day workshop, in the wild and beautiful surrounds of Ty Newydd writers’ retreat, will focus on translation.  Each participant will have the chance to practice the steps of literary translation and spend some time exploring the mountains and coast of North Wales.

The participants will get to discuss their writing and work as publishers and editors with the aim of forging co-operation and sharing skills which will go on to help them on their way to translation and publication. The workshop is organised by Literature Across Frontiers and Wales Literature Exchange.


'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.


Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.


At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.