In Other Words 2017

Poetry translation project open to all levels
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From 30 May till 4 June, Poetry International will bring approximately 20 of the most prominent contemporary poets worldwide to Rotterdam for the 48th Poetry International Festival. This means it’s also time for a new edition of the translation project In Other Words.

At Poetry International, translating poetry is not just reserved for the professionals. For this project, we have selected a group of poems that translators of all levels can try their hand on. You can choose to translate these poems on your own, or you can choose to work within a group. Sign up, download your favorite poems, and get started!

And follow In Other Words on Facebook to keep up-to-date!

Through In Other Words, Poetry International invites lovers of poetry, language and translation to translate poems from the poets who will perform at our upcoming festival. You will find their poems online at the end of March. These poems range from Italian, Rumanian, Slovak, English, French, Portugese, German, Mandarine to Dutch. You may translate these into Dutch or English, or opt for another language altogether.

Participation in In Other Words is completely free of charge, and you can begin and work at your own pace. After you complete your registration (for which we will send out invitations and announce via social media at the end of March), you will receive a password that allows you to view the possible poems for translation.

You will also receive an email inviting you to sign up for a workshop session – with the poet and their professional translator in attendance – to be held on Thursday, 1 June, during the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam. There you will be able to discuss the poetry, raise perplexing translation issues and brainstorm possible solutions. Per session, a maximum of 15 spots are available, so don’t wait to sign up!

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