Language in Times of Change: Translators in Conversation

Thursday 19 November | 18-19:00

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Join translators Jim Dingley and Petra Reid as they discuss translating Scotland Street Press’ latest publication Alindarka’s Children, by Alhierd Bacharevič.

Originally written in Russian and Belarusian, Alindarka’s Children tells the story of a brother and sister running away from a camp where they are forced to forget their native tongue. Gritty and contemporary, this novel has won the PEN Translates award in 2019 thanks to the innovative decision to translate it into English and Scots. Available in English for the very first time, Scotland Street Press brings Bacharevič’s work to an international audience.

Jim and Petra will be the protagonists of a lively discussion about the challenges they faced while translating, the choice of using both English and Scots and the future of the Scots language in relation to education. Interspersed with readings from the book, both translators will bring awareness to the importance of language and national identity. At the end of the discussion, the audience will be able to ask questions.

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