Gdańskie Spotkania Literackie

Workshops for translators of Swedish literature into Polish (January-April)

Nine selected translators will participate in the first of four versions of workshops run by a writer and translator Zbigniew Kruszyński in January 2013 in Gdańsk. During the next three-day sessions, translators will work on their translations of Swedish texts into the Polish language, learn how to judge them and how to further develop their translation skills.

In the second half of the year, we are organizing a similar opportunity for literary translators from Danish and Norwegian.

Workshops for secondary school students (22-25 April)

The best idea is to sensitize readers to the translation issues as soon as possible! That is the reason why Literary Translators Association prepared a series of classes for secondary school students from Warsaw and Cracow. In April 2013, the Association will do the same in Tricity. Thanks to the meetings with the finest translators of foreign literature (Jacek Dehnel, Wojciech Charchalis, Julia Fiedorczuk and  Justyna Czechowska), students will have an opportunity to look at texts from the translator’s perspective.

Photography exhibition by Cato Lein (26 April – 12 May)

“Spojrzenia” (“Glances”) is an exhibition of portraits of Polish and foreign writers and translators made by a Swedish photographer Cato Lein. The exhibition will be displayed in Gdańsk City Gallery and will consist of photos of the finest world writers from Lein’s archive (e.g. Günter Grass, Paul Auster, Ryszard Kapuściński) and a series of photos of translators prepared especially for the “Found in Translation” project. These will be photos of Polish translators (e.g. of Magdalena Heydel, Jerzy Jarniewicz, Małgorzata Łukasiewicz, Michał Kłobukowski, Sława Lisiecka), of translators of Polish literature (e.g. of Andersa Bodegårda i Stefana Ingvarssona) and of Polish writers (Marek Bieńczyk, Joanna Bator and Agata Tuszyńska).

Cato Lein’s photos are often compared to works by famous photographers such as Robert Frank, Richard Avedon or Anton Corbijn. At the same time, his photographs are unique and break many classical rules of portrait photography.