Twenty Scottish titles were awarded funds over two rounds including works from authors Jackie Kay, Maggie O'Farrell, Malachy Tallack, James Kelman, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Sara Maitland and Edward Ross that will be translated into Greek, Catalan, Bulgarian, Estonian, Italian and German amongst other languages.
The Translation Fund supports publishers based outside the United Kingdom to buy rights from Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers.
Aly Barr, Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing, Creative Scotland said "The translation fund awards not only include many and diverse nations, but cover writing from all corners of literature. Be it the graphic novels of Edward Ross or the Americana of James Kelman's Dirt Road, the selection is both a showcase of great writing from Scotland and transmitter broadcasting stories from writer to reader, regardless of language or location."
Marion Sinclair, CEO of Publishing Scotland commented
"One of our key strands of work in supporting Scottish publishing is internationalisation – and the Translation Fund, along with our Fellowship Programme, translator residencies with Cove Park, Go See Fund for international book fairs, and our strong international Trade Fair programme and rights catalogues, is an integral part of that. Literature crosses borders and we want our publishers and writers to have every opportunity to be seen on the global stage. The Translation Fund is vital for that and we are grateful to Creative Scotland to be able to offer the Fund for the second year."
The Fund is also used to bring translators to Scotland to meet the writers and publishers in situ, in a residency at Cove Park, Argyll.
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