If You’re in Cairo: LAF to Present an In-depth Look at Arabic-English Translation

It’s really true this time. Truly.

Initially scheduled for February 1, the Literature Across Frontiers’ (LAF) presentation in the “Making Literature Travel” series, on translation from Arabic into English, will finally be held on September 20.

At the event, set to be held at Cairo’s British Council HQ from 6 – 8 p.m., translator Alice Guthrie and LAF director Alexandra Büchler will present a report on Arabic-English translation in the U.K. and Ireland (1990-2010).

The event will be coupled with a LAF-sponsored English-Arabic translation workshop to be held at Ain Shams University from the 17th to 22nd of September.

The report—around which the presentation centers—has not yet been published on the LAF website. However, I have quoted from a preliminary version so liberally you probably feel as though you’ve already read it:

Should Arabic-English Translators Be Native Speakers of Arabic? Of English?

Which Books ‘Should’ Be Translated from Arabic to English?

Arab Novels: Not as Good as the Russians, Latin Americans?

‘But We Don’t Know Who Else to Ask!’: Lit Festivals & Arab Writers

‘Go and Look Properly’ for the Best of Arabic Fiction

Again, all are welcome, and many interesting topics (such as those above) will certainly be discussed. So write it down: Tuesday 20 September, 6.00 – 8.00 p.m., British Council, 192 El Nil Street, Agouza, Cairo. See you there.


  1. Do you know how to sign up for the workshop? And do we need to sign up for the seminar?

    1. The talk at the British Council, we all just show up, open to the public.

      The seminar… Hmm, I should ask Alice and Alexandra. Let me do that and get back to you.

  2. cool, thanks

    1. OK, Alexandra’s looking into it… Be back to you as soon as I hear from her.

    2. Marwa, yes, there are still places.

      “Interested candidates should contact Khalid El Biltagi at khaled_elbeltagi – at – alsun.asu.edu.eg asap to register by 10.9.. They will have to translate a set text by 15.9 to be accepted.”

  3. Wish I could come to Cairo for this! Do you know if there are plans to present /have a live discussion about this report in the UK? Or have I already missed that? Look forward to reading it when it’s published…

    1. Ruth,

      Alexandra says: “Yes, we are planning to present the report at the Free Word Centre in London but the date has not been set yet.”

      I will do my best to keep you apprised!

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