Arabic Translation Mentoring Opportunity

British Centre For Literary Translation Emerging Translator Mentoring Programme 2013

The British Centre for Literary Translation has announced its second Emerging Translator Mentoring Programme, to run from January 1st to June 30th 2013. The programme is intended for Anglophone translators with promise rather than experience, who are at a stage in their careers when they would benefit from the opportunity to work closely with an experienced mentor over a six month period.

This year's Arabic mentor will be Paul Starkey, Banipal contributing editor and chair of the Banipal Trust, whose translations include Dear Mr Kawabata by Rachid al-Daif (Quartet, 2000), Stones of Bobello by Edwar al-Kharrat (Saqi, 2005), Maryam's Maze by Mansoura Ez Eldin (AUC Press, 2007) and We Are all Equally Far from Love by Adania Shibli (Clockroot Books, 2011). He is author of Modern Arabic Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2006), and currently Professor of Arabic at Durham University.

Alongside, there are mentoring opportunities available in 12 other languages:

Danish (mentor BARBARA HAVELAND)
Dutch (mentor DAVID COLMER)
Greek (mentor DAVID CONNOLLY)
Italian (mentor HOWARD CURTIS)
Japanese (mentor MICHAEL EMMERICH)
Norwegian (mentor DON BARTLETT)
Portuguese (mentor MARGARET JULL COSTA)
Russian (mentor ROBERT CHANDLER)
Swedish (mentor SARAH DEATH)
Welsh (mentor TONY BIANCHI)

All enquiries and applications should be made by email to Sarah Bower, Scheme Co-ordinator, at Most applications are expected to come from translators living and working in the UK, but all applications will be considered on their merits.
If you wish to apply, please submit the following:
·         A brief, up to date CV
·         A statement as to why you believe you would benefit from a mentorship and how you would use it
·         A short sample of your translation work (not more than 2000 words) with accompanying notes
The deadline for applications is 31st October 2012 and successful applicants will be informed by 30th November 2012. Mentorships will commence immediately after the New Year holiday.
More information can be found at

Published Date - 21/10/2012