Funded Translation Grants for 2015
Applicant: Nadia Mifsud
Reference Number: CETG 02-FN 1445
Project Title: Translation of Immanuel Mifsud’s Poems into French for Transkrit and Jiem
Amount Awarded: €716.80
A French translation by Nadia Mifsud of a selection of 20 poems, written by Maltese author Immanuel Mifsud. Twelve of the poems were published in the original Maltese version in “Penelopi Tistenna” (Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2013), winner of the National Book Prize 2014. The other eight poems are among the most recent texts that Immanuel has produced. These texts are being translated following:
1. A request by Jean Portante, literary director of Transkrit, to submit 20 poems for the next issue of this literary journal;
2. An invitation to take part in JIEM (Journées d'Introduction à l'Expression Maltaise), a series of literary events that will be held in Luxembourg in March 2016.
Applicant: Walid Nabhan
Reference Number: CETG 06-FN 1449
Project Title: Translation of Adrian Grima's two poetry collections into Arabic
Amount Awarded: €2,800
An Arabic translation by Walid Nabhan of two poetry books by Maltese author Adrian Grima. Both books were published by Klabb Kotba Maltin: “Rakkmu,” was published in 2005 and “Klin u Kapriċċi oħra,” was published earlier this year. A final draft of the translation will be examined and edited by: Adel Bishtawi (a veteran top Arab novelist, poet, historian, linguist, critic and journalist for more than 40 years), Khaled Khalifa (an award-winning Syrian novelist, screenwriter and poet), Tarek Altayeb (a distinguished Arab novelist, poet and academic) and Fatena Al-Gharra (a Palestinian poetess with vast linguistic sensitivities).
Applicant: Martin Bonnici
Reference Number: CETG 09-FN 1452
Project Title: Translation of the Fiddien Trilogy: "Sqaq l-Infern", "Il-Fiddien" and "L-Ewwel Ktieb", by Maltese authors Simon Bartolo and Loranne Vella into Spanish
Amount Awarded: €2,300
Shadeena Films has been working on a long term development plan for the translation and international distribution of the Fiddien Trilogy: "Sqaq l-Infern", "Il-Fiddien" and "L-Ewwel Ktieb", written by Simon Bartolo and Loranne Vella and originally published by Merlin Publishers in 2007. Starting with the translation and the publication in Spanish speaking territories, they then plan to adapt the property into various media. They have already established strong interest from Krakovia Produciones and Planeta Sostenible, both involved in publishing, film production and digital games/apps.
Applicant: Joseph Mizzi obo MIDSEA BOOKS Ltd.
Reference Number: CETG 04-FN 1447
Project Title: Translation of the original novel in Maltese ‘Jutta Heim’ by Immanuel Mifsud into English
Amount Awarded: €3,850
Translation of the original novel in Maltese ‘Jutta Heim’ by Immanuel Mifsud into English as a bridge-language for translation into other languages. Most of the publishers with whom MIDSEA are dealing are already asking for more books by Immanuel Mifsud and this would be the right opportunity for them to propose a wider international engagement on this author.The publishers are also exploring the possibility of collaborating with international publishers and distributors for this book in English speaking countries, such as UK, US and Australia.
Applicant: Glen Calleja
Reference Number: CETG 08-FN 1451
Project Title: Translation of Glen Calleja’s poetry collection “Outstaring Truth” into Polish and Romanian
Amount Awarded: €3,000
“Outstaring Truth” is a collection of poetry from the FAWWARA cancer project; an attempt at documenting direct experiences of cancer in poetic forms. They are about fundamental questions that are forced on the individual by a terminal illness; questions about legacy, identity, value, forgiveness, life and acceptance. The works were originally published in the Maltese language in "kull flgħaxija kif mal-għabex tnin u tmut saħħet il-jum", which were then translated into English. Most of these were presented to Romanian audiences during Glen’s reading tour in Romania between the 29th September and 9th October 2015, part financed by the Cultural Export Fund. Glen is collaborating with Casa de Editură Max Blecher, who will be taking care of all the logistical details relating to the design and printing of the publication and the organisational details of the promotional tour in Romania. He is also collaborating with Dr Bazarnik, a respected scholar and a leading translator in Krakow, Poland, where she lectures in the postgraduate programme in Literary Translation.