I spent last week in lovely Norfolk where I attended the BCLT summer school at UEA in Norwich, officially the yearly literary translation boot camp, inoffically five days of self-confessed ‘word nerds’ obsessing about commas and speech marks.
One of the many highlights of our workshop week was that six fiction writers from six countries were also in attendance, hurrah. We translated excerpts from their work from Spanish, Japanese, German, Dutch, Norwegian and French into English and hung out with them over dinner and in the pub.
This is also how this non-exhaustive list of book festival recommendations came about. It’s just a tiny taste of the literary landscape of each of the countries, so do add a comment if you have any additional favourites. The good thing is half of them are still coming up later this year and all the websites look pretty tempting to any self-respecting literature festival addict. Enjoy the ‘word-nerdy’ browsing!
Festival des Correspondances, Manosque, September
Heidelberger Literaturtage, Heidelberg, May
Internationales Literaturfestival, Leukerbad, July
Harbour Front Literaturfestival, Hamburg, September
Internationales Literaturfestival, Berlin, September
Apparently there is a new literature festival in the pipeline for 2013 in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, so watch this space!
Crossing Border Literature & Music, Den Haag/Enschede/Antwerpen, November
Norsk Litteraturfestival, Lillehammer, May/June
Hamsungdagene, Hamarøy, July/August
Hay Festival, Segovia, September