The side entrance to Kensington Olympia, with hoardings and crash barriers and lots of people

London Book Fair 2024

The last London Book Fair I attended was in 2019. In 2020 I was all set to fly over and take on the role of “translator of the fair”, with a poster-sized photo of me up outside the Olympia venue and events lined up – when the fair was rightly cancelled. There wasn’t an in-person

A sign reading zakaz tlumočeni – translating prohibited

Manifesto for Human Language

Translators have been concerned about technology since St Jerome stubbed a toe on a newfangled scroll. Actually, though, there are some ways in which it has done us good. Although I still own a barrage of paper dictionaries, I no longer work with a big fat yellow book open on my lap and I enjoy

Announcing… Birgit Weyhe’s New Graphic Novel RUDE GIRL

You know when a character in a comic wears a band T-shirt and you know the musicians personally? Maybe not – I guess it doesn’t come up all that often. But that’s what happened to me when I first read RUDE GIRL, Birgit Weyhe’s graphic novel telling Priscilla Layne’s story. There it is, on page

All six books translated from German

Dublin Literary Award: 6 German Books Nominated

The Dublin Literary Award today announced its 70-strong longlist of titles nominated by 80 libraries around the world for the 2024 prize. Honouring excellence in world literature, it is one of very few awards that covers both translated and original English fiction. And we’re delighted that V&Q Books’ very own Identitti, written by Mithu Sanyal

Caroline Wahl, behind a table in her pink jumper at the event

Meet Caroline Wahl – and Literaturhaus Kassel

Two sisters, a dysfunctional family, and a bit of romance. Helen MacCormac on Caroline Wahl and her debut novel, 22 Bahnen I work for Literaturhaus Kassel and get to invite amazing writers to talk about their books and the ideas that inspire them. If you have never heard about “Literaturhäuser” before, you can read Susan

Sporting trophies in blue-and-pink light

Autumn Awards

A round-up by Katy Derbyshire In the German-speaking world it’s not just autumn leaves that rain down as the days get shorter – literary awards come thick and fast as well. They tend to be national or regional and a lot of them are named after dead white men. Here’s a little run-down of 2023’s