International Translation Day 2023 English PEN programme

Join us in London or online from anywhere in the world, 12–7pm BST on Friday 29 September 2023 for English PEN's International Translation Day (ITD) – a day of workshops, talks and networking opportunities, culminating in a “2023 State of the Translation Nation” plenary discussion.

Featuring 30 leading translators, writers, publishers, agents, booksellers and language experts, this year's sessions include an “ask me anything” with five UK publishers, workshops on negotiating contracts and translating sensitive work, and talks on rights, events and reviews.

The full programme will be available to attend both in person (British Council, 1 Redman Place, Stratford, London, E20 1JQ) and online.

ITD 2023 is held in partnership with the British Council and supported by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).


Friday 29 September

12–7pm BST (doors 11.30am BST)


Attendees can purchase full-day passes or tickets for individual sessions. Please note that workshops will run concurrently alongside talks; advance sign-up via the buttons below is essential for the Translation Clinics. The day will conclude with an in-person drinks reception as well as an informal opportunity for those participating virtually to meet and connect online.

Please note that there are limited in-person spaces (20 in each) in the Negotiating Contracts and Translating Sensitivity, Translating Sensitively workshops for in-person attendees; those planning to attend these workshops in person are advised to arrive well ahead of their start times.


Book tickets through Eventbrite by clicking the button below.

All-day in-person passes are £20 and include light lunch, refreshments between sessions, and a drinks reception from 7pm BST. All-day online tickets are £12. Session-specific tickets are £6 for in-person attendees and £4 for online attendees.

For in-person attendees, doors will open at 11am BST, with lunch ahead of the first sessions.

Please note all free bursary tickets have now been claimed.

Workshop 1: Translation Clinic (three groups in-person or online)

Advance sign-up essential, on a first-come-first-served basis

12–1.30pm BST

Three non-language specific workshops (one in person, two online), with participants discussing current hurdles in their practice in a collegial setting, facilitated by established translators.

In-person clinic

Facilitated by Ros Schwartz, twelve participants bring a particular translation challenge they are facing – a word, a phrase, or a wider issue – to discuss with peers. In-person clinic participants must have a specific point they would like to explore in the workshop.

Online clinics (x2)

Facilitated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and Canan Marasligil, six participants in each online clinic share and discuss challenges they are facing with a text they are currently translating. Online clinic participants must have a specific passage from a text they would like to explore in the workshop, and will be asked to send their translation excerpt to the facilitator in advance, and no later than 12 noon BST on Monday 25 September.

Sign up by clicking the button below (you must have a relevant ITD ticket to sign up).

Talk 1: Publishers: Ask Me Anything (in-person and online)

12–1.30pm BST

Publishers – big and small – answer the audience's and each other's questions on all things translation.

With Amy Mae Baxter, Katharina Bielenberg, Kristen Alfaro, Stefan Tobler and Željka Marošević, chaired by Preti Taneja.

Workshop 2: Negotiating Contracts (in-person and online)

1.45–3.15pm BST

An interactive talk exploring translations contracts – how to approach and negotiate them, how they are changing, and how best to know and protect translator rights.

With Ambre Morvan, Lawrence Schimel and Alex Zucker

Talk 2: First Gigs: Pitching, Acquiring, and All Things Rights (in-person and online)

1.45–3.15pm BST

A panel conversation on rights, with a translator, agent and foreign rights professionals discussing their first successes in selling projects.

With Sawad Hussain, Roxane Edouard and Lucy Beresford-Knox, chaired by Rebecca Servadio.

Workshop 3: Translating Sensitivity, Translating Sensitively (in-person and online)

3.30–5pm BST

A participatory conversation on translating sensitive, traumatic or emotionally affecting work, the fine line for translators between sensitivity and absorption, and mechanisms of support across the publishing process.

With Nichola Smalley, Katherine Gregor and Meena Kandasamy.

Talk 3: Finding Readers: Promoting, Programming, Reviewing (in-person and online)

3.30–5pm BST

Booksellers, publicists, critics and magazine editors discuss getting translation into readers' hands.

With Sana Goyal, Meera Ghanshamdas and Clare Bogen, chaired by So Mayer.

Plenary: 2023 State of the Translation Nation (in-person and online)

5.30–7pm BST

Key figures from across the sector explore the pressing issues for translators, translation, and translated literature – as identified by the community.

Speakers to be announced.

Accessibility information

The British Council building is fully wheelchair-accessible. The talks and plenary will be BSL-interpreted. If you plan to attend a workshop in-person or online and require a BSL interpreter, please let us know by contacting us at [email protected]. If you require any other access arrangements, please contact us at [email protected].