Today, 20th October 2016, the shortlist for this year’s Marsh Awards for translated children’s literature was announced at Dartmouth House.
Now in its twentieth year, the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation saw 27 entries in contention, representing a dozen languages from all around the globe: an apt celebration of the diversity and quality of this area of children’s writing.
The Flying Classroom, Erich Kästner, trans. Anthea Bell (Pushkin Children's Books), The Little Black Fish, Samad Behrangi, trans. Azita Rassi (Tiny Owl Publishing), Bronze and Sunflower, Cao Wenxuan, trans. Helen Wang (Walker Books), Oh, Freedom!, Francesco D'Adamo, trans. Sian Williams (Darf Publishers), Detective Gordon: The First Case, Ulf Nilsson, trans. Julia Marshall (Gecko Press) and The Secret of the Blue Glass, Tomiko Inui, trans. Ginny Tapley Takemori (Pushkin Children’s Books) were all named as finalists and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at Dartmouth House on 25th January.
The shortlist, which features books from Iran, China, Canada and other parts of the world, came after a panel discussion on translated literature. The panel was chaired by Joy Court (School Library Association) and comprised of representatives from Walker Books, Penguin Random House and Pushkin Children’s Books.
The panel gave an insight into the world of translated publishing and discussed a range of issues faced when publishing translated literature. Sarah Odedina of Pushkin Children’s ended the talk on a positive note, stating that “now is a great time for publishing translations” because as a society we are so much more open and globally connected, and books need to represent this diversity.
Alongside the winner announcement, the English-Speaking Union’s My Marsh competition was officially open! We are inviting students to upload a video review of their favourite shortlisted title for this year’s Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. Prizes for the competition include a subscription to The Week Junior, a copy of all the entries for this year’s Marsh Award, a discount voucher for a particular course or conference offered by the School Library Association, coverage of their entry in The Week Junior, and a £100 voucher for Browns Books for Students. Sets of the shortlisted texts can be purchased from our supply partner, Browns Books for Students, at a special rate.
For more information on My Marsh and how to enter, please see the Marsh Awards web page.