An International Translators´ Seminar in Reykjavik

The goal of the seminar is to strengthen bonds between translators of Icelandic literature into foreign languages and to show appreciation for their work, because translators are important ambassadors of literature, spreading the word far and wide.

The hosts also wanted to encourage new and up-and-coming translators and enable all participants to connect with the Icelandic literary scene and contemporary culture – in addition to meeting and working with more experienced colleagues.

A two-day international translation seminar, hosted by the Icelandic Literature Center, has been held in Veröld – Vigdis' House twice, in 20017 and 2019 with altogether 50 translators from 20 linguistic locations. And in 2022 and 2023 around 40 translators participated. 

Organisers of the Translation Seminar and Collaborators

The Icelandic Literature Centre organised and hosted the seminar. Sponsors and collaborators were the following: Reykjavik – UNESCO City of Literature, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, The Icelandic Publishers Association, Reykjavík International Literary Festival, The Writers' Union of Iceland, The Icelandic Association of Translators and Interpreters, and Veröld – Vigdís' House.