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On Janu­ary 1, 2017 nine European organ­isa­tions* offi­cially launched the PETRA-E Net­work for the Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing of Lit­er­ary Trans­lat­ors. The part­ners will expand, imple­ment and fur­ther devel­op the PETRA-E Frame­work, the res­ult of the suc­cess­ful Erasmus+ fun­ded PETRA-E pro­ject (2014–2016), and will provide a col­lab­or­at­ive space for the dis­cus­sion of related top­ics.

The PETRA-E Frame­work maps out com­pet­ences and levels in lit­er­ary trans­lat­ing. It serves to improve the qual­ity of lit­er­ary trans­la­tions and the vis­ib­il­ity of lit­er­ary trans­lat­ors in Europe. It is now avail­able in nine lan­guages: Bul­gari­an, Dutch, Eng­lish, French, Ger­man, Hun­gari­an, Itali­an, Por­tuguese and Span­ish.

In the short time since the Frame­work was launched, a large num­ber of organ­isa­tions has shown interest in becom­ing involved in the fur­ther devel­op­ment. The Net­work wel­comes new mem­bers, aca­dem­ic and non-academic, who are com­mit­ted to the PETRA-E Frame­work and its under­ly­ing prin­ciples, and wish to imple­ment the Frame­work in their own insti­tu­tions and pro­grammes and con­trib­ute to its fur­ther devel­op­ment. The first meet­ing will be held in the Autumn of 2017. We are cur­rently approach­ing the organ­isa­tions that have already shown interest. After the first meet­ing we cer­tainly need oth­er organ­isa­tions to come on board and put the Frame­work into action.

The PETRA-E pro­ject was recently com­pleted and eval­u­ated with very high rat­ings (93/100).  The Frame­work can be down­loaded here (click on the flag for dif­fer­ent lan­guages). Click here for a data­base with European pro­grams and courses for lit­er­ary trans­la­tion, anoth­er res­ult of the PETRA-E pro­ject.



Any enquir­ies and expres­sions of interest can be dir­ec­ted to the PETRA-E sec­ret­ari­at at the Neder­landse Taalunie:, c/o Karlijn Water­man, Post­bus 10595, NL 2501 HN Den Haag, Neth­er­lands,

*Cur­rent mem­bers : Brit­ish Centre for Lit­er­ary Trans­la­tion (BCLT), Con­seil Européen des Asso­ci­ations de Tra­duc­teurs Lit­téraires (CEATL), Deutscher Über­set­zer­fonds, Eötvös Loránd Uni­ver­sity (ELTE),  Expert­i­se­centrum Lit­erair Ver­talen (ELV), Fondazione Uni­versit­ar­ia San Pel­legrino (FUSP), KU Leuven, Neder­landse Taalunie, Uni­versiteit Utrecht.

PETRA=Plateforme Européenne pour la Tra­duc­tion Lit­téraire. PETRA-E= PETRA-Education.

CEATL presents The Skull Thing / Crâneries

As the 400th anniversary year of Wil­li­am Shakespeare’s death draws to a close, the European Coun­cil of Lit­er­ary Trans­lat­ors’ Asso­ci­ations (CEATL) breathes life into the Bard of Avon’s most fam­ous line in twenty-one European lan­guages, and extends its best wishes for 2017.

The annual awards of the BTU for 2016

Annu­al awards of the BTU in the sphere of


Spe­cial Award for Excep­tion­ally High Achieve­ments

  • Silvia Bor­isova – for her trans­la­tion from Pol­ish to Bul­gari­an of the book of poetry Niewidzi­alna ręka by Adam Zaga­jew­ski, pub­lish­ing house for poetry DA, 2016
  • Krasimir Kavaldzhiev – for his trans­la­tion from Bul­gari­an to French of the nov­el Le Dilet­tante by Tchavdar Mouta­fov, Le Soupirail, 2016

Award for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ments

  • Van­ina Bozhikova – for her trans­la­tion from Romani­an to Bul­gari­an of the nov­el Viața lui Kos­tas Ven­et­is by Octavi­an Sovi­any, Para­dox, 2015
  • Dimana Ilieva – for her trans­la­tion from Eng­lish to Bul­gari­an of the nov­el Pos­ses­sion by A. S. Byatt, Agata-A, 2015, and also ro Angel Igov and Valentin Kras­tev for their trans­la­tions of the poems in the nov­el
  • Maya Tzen­ova – for her trans­la­tion from Arab­ic to Bul­gari­an of the col­lec­tion of short stores Mad­man of Free­dom Square by Has­san Blasim, Janet-45, 2015
  • Svetla Kio­seva – for her trans­la­tion from Hun­gari­an to Bul­gari­an of the col­lec­tion of short stores Bruder­sz­aft by Edina Szvoren, Sonm, 2016
  • Stela Dzhele­pova – for her trans­la­tion from Nor­we­gi­an to Bul­gari­an of the play in verse Peer Gynt by Hen­rik Ibsen, Hemus group, 2016



for out­stand­ing achieve­ment of a young lit­er­ary trans­lat­or

  •  Alex­an­der Kostov, Rayna Rosen­ova, Kristina Dimitrova – for their trans­la­tion from Eng­lish to Bul­gari­an of the nov­el On The Road by Jack Ker­ou­ac, Para­dox, 2016


 Annu­al awards of BTU in the sphere of trans­la­tion of


Spe­cial Award for Excep­tion­ally High Achieve­ments

  • Blagov­esta Lingor­ska – for her trans­la­tion from Pok­ish to Bul­gari­an of Auto­port­ret report­era; Rwący nurt his­torii. Zap­iski o XXXXI wieku; Ten Inny, Sonm, 2015, and for the over­all present­a­tion of the Pol­ish report­er, pub­li­cist and thinker in Bul­gari­an


Award for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ments

  • Vladi­mir Gradev – for his trans­la­tion from Eng­lish to Bul­gari­an of Urn Buri­al By Thomas Browne, Com­munitas Found­a­tion, 2016
  • Lili­ana Simeonova – for her trans­la­tion from Lat­in to Bul­gari­an of Ant­a­podos­is; His­tor­ia Ottonis; Rela­tio de leg­a­tione Con­stantino­pol­it­ana ad Nice­phor­um Phocam by Liut­prand of Cre­mona, Iztok-Zapad, 2015
  • Nina Niko­lova – for her trans­la­tion from Ger­man to Bul­gari­an of Paradig­men zu ein­er Meta­phoro­lo­gie, Crit­ics and Human­ism, 2015
  • Stili­an Yotov – for his trans­la­tion from Ger­man to Bul­gari­an of Der Detekt­iv­ro­man; Die Anges­tell­ten by Siegfried Kra­cauer, Agata-A, 2016

A dis­tinc­tion

Chris­tian­ity and Cul­ture journ­al cre­ated by Com­munitas Found­a­tion as an open space for a pro­found and well-informed con­ver­sa­tion on the prob­lems of spir­itu­al­ity and the mean­ing of Chris­tian­ity in our soci­ety – for its propensity to dia­logue and its abil­ity to present in excel­lent trans­la­tions the works of authors with dif­fer­ent reli­gious creeds and views from diff­fer­ent coun­tries and times


Award for Life-Long Achieve­ments in the sphere of trans­la­tion 

con­ferred only to BTU mem­bers

  • Rada Shar­landzhieva – for an excep­tion­al pro­fi­ciency and artistry in her lit­er­ary trans­la­tions from Eng­lish, Ser­bi­an, Croa­tian and French to Bul­gari­an and as an edit­or of trans­lated lit­er­at­ure

Spe­cial Award for Excep­tion­ally High Achieve­ments

in the sphere of trans­la­tion is giv­en (posthum­ously) to

  • Prof. Bog­dan Bog­dan­ov for his trans­la­tion from Ancient Greek to Bul­gari­an of Epi­ktētou diatribai by Epic­t­etus, NBU UP, 2015, Janet-45, 2016 and for his great mer­its for the pro­found and inspired present­a­tion of the Ancient thought and cul­ture in Bul­garia

New board

On April 16th the Gen­er­al Assembly of  Lit­er­ary Trans­la­tion Sec­tion to Bul­gari­an Trans­lat­ors’ Uni­on elec­ted a new board of the sec­tion:

Chair­per­son: Teodora Tzankova

Deputy Chair-persons: Dar­in Tenev, Milena Pop­ova.

The man­date of the board is three years.

Translators’ atelier in Sofia (3–5 June 2016)

The Bulgarian Translators’ Union and the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writingannounce the launch of their ‘Translators’ Atelier’ for the sixth consecutive year. The project is aimed at literary translators who are still at an early stage in their professional development, but who are interested in translating literature from English to Bulgarian and from Bulgarian to English. The Translators’ Atelier takes the form of a three-day intensive training programme under the direction of leading specialists in literary translation and includes lectures and practical seminars on the translation of texts. Since 2015 it has included a poetry module alongside prose translation and a translation slam. Participants who successfully finish the Atelier will receive certificates from the Bulgarian Translators’ Union.

Inauguration of Translators’ Atelier in 2015

Inauguration of Translators’ Atelier in 2015

The call for applications is open until the 9th of May. The Atelier will take place from 3rd to 5th June in Sofia, Bulgaria.