English PEN launches major new fund for literary translation

English PEN, the charity promoting the freedom to write, has launched a major new fund for literary translation.

The fund responds to concerns that less than 3% of British books published are in translation from another language. At a time when more than 300 languages are spoken in British schools, the charity believes that this social diversity should be reflected by literary diversity. The new fund, backed by Arts Council England, was launched at the London Book Fair.

Applications are open to all literary genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays.

For more information about PEN TRANSLATES!, please contact Emma Cleave, Programme Manager at English PEN on emma@englishpen.org or telephone 020 7324 2535.

For more information about English PEN, please contact Heather Norman Soderlind, Deputy Director at English PEN on heather@englishpen.org or telephone 020 7324 2582.

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