We literary translators like to keep up-to-date with events that are going on in the translation world, but for those who aren’t an easy commute from that lecture, reading or translation slam, it can be envy-inducing to watch your colleagues confirming their attendance via social media. That’s why it’s great when these events are audio or video taped, because it allows even the most remotely-based translator to benefit. There are an increasing number of organisations and literary events and festivals in the UK publishing scene which are really on the ball with this. From the BCLT (the British Centre for Literary Translation) to the Free Word Centre, British Library and London Review Bookshop, many upload podcasts and videos after their events, and a number have their own YouTube channels and SoundCloud streams. If you haven’t checked these out yet, you definitely should. Their example also proves that there’s no reason to fear that people won’t buy tickets to an event if they know a recording will be online soon after; the Sebald lecture is always a sell-out, and is so popular that it keeps moving to bigger venues.
One of our aims for the TA Diaspora site is to collate and regularly update a resource of links to these audio/video recordings and event write-ups. After all, it benefits the translation industry as a whole if both budding and experienced translators, regardless of their location, have access to the discussions which help them to develop their craft. Today we launch the Virtual Events page of our site. We will update this regularly, and encourage you to alert us to any we haven’t discovered yet as they are released.
Yesterday evening, as one of the frequent electric storms of the late Brazilian summer rumbled overhead, I was transported by the power of an audio file to the February chill of London and into the British Library, where the author A L Kennedy was giving this year’s Sebald lecture: The Language of the Heart.
I was mesmerised by her lecture, and found it inspiring and necessarily uncompromising. All credit to the BCLT for getting a high-quality recording online as quickly as the day after the event. In fact, the only thing missing was being able to discuss it with colleagues afterwards – but what better way to employ social media? To listen to this year’s lecture (and those of many of the preceding years), go to this link. And then come back here, or to our Facebook group, and let us know what you thought!