Afternoon Tea with Sarah Death at the SoA

Award-winning translator and SELTA member Sarah Death will be in conversation with translator Vineet Lal to discuss her work and career.

Long-time SELTA member Sarah Death is the star of a cosy autumnal event online, 9 November @ 14:30 – 15:15 GMT.

Sarah will be in conversation with TA Committee Co-Chair Vineet Lal to discuss her work and career, and to offer a glimpse into her creative routine.

This event is in conjunction with the Translators Association and the British Centre for Literary Translation.

For more details and how to register, click here.

SELTA literary translation workshop on 21 October 2021

Authors Susanna Alakoski, Eija Hetekivi Olsson, Mats Jonsson and Anneli Jordahl will be coming to the UK this autumn. As part of their visit, SELTA is organising a full-day translation workshop at the Swedish Embassy in London. (Covid permitting)

An important part of the day will be practical workshop sessions, where we will examine and discuss participants’ translations (prepared in advance) of brief extracts from works by the authors. This promises to be a very rewarding experience, with the authors on hand to answer questions and discuss their work. Source texts for the workshop will be sent out to SELTA members in mid-September. In previous years, participants in SELTA workshops have found these events to be stimulating opportunities to develop and hone their craft as literary translators. Materials will be made available for reading and translation well in advance of the workshop to all members of SELTA.

To get an idea of what to expect from the workshop day, you can read the reports on our previous author events held in 2014 (Children’s and YA literature), 2017 (Nature writing) and 2019 (Emerging voices). This year’s focus is on working class writers and the authors will also speak on a panel at the Working Class Writers’ Festival, which takes place October 22nd–24th in Bristol. For more information, see the festival website.

If you wish to attend the 2021 SELTA translation workshop, you can book your ticket here. The ticket price has been set at £20 to cover the cost of providing catering and refreshments during the day. The last date to book is 13 October 2021. Please note that a health policy is in place for this workshop event in light of current circumstances and that by booking you agree to adhere to all aspects of it. Read the policy in full here.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Chair by email at

Catch up on SELTA live event with literary agents

SELTA hosted a live virtual event with three guest speakers.

On 18 November, SELTA was delighted to be joined for a live event by three distinguished literary agents working in the Nordic region to find out about their pandemic year, and to gain a better understanding of what their work involves. Our invited speakers were Urpu Strellman (Helsinki Literary Agency), Judith Toth (Nordin Agency) and Sofie Voller (Politiken Literary Agency), all of whom represent Swedish-language authors and titles, as well as other Nordic writers. The panel was chaired by Alex Fleming (Editor, Swedish Book Review). The event was recorded and you can now catch up here.