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Industry Insider – How to Edit Award-Winning Translations

22 June @ 15:00 - 16:00 BST

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What is the editor’s role in literary translation? How can translators and editors work most effectively together?

The TA First Translation Prize recognises both new talent in the translation profession and the editors who work with them to make a prize-winning book. Join translator Chantal Wright in conversation with editors Ka Bradley, Bishan Samaddar and Saba Ahmed – who have been shortlisted for or won the TA First Prize – about editing translations, the impact of the TA Prize and the role of the editor.

This event is part of the TA @ Home, a week-long celebration of translation organised by the SoA’s Translators Association (TA). It will take place online via Zoom Webinar. The link will be sent to registered attendees.


  • Welcome and Introduction by Chantal Wright
  • Panel discussion with Bishan Samaddar, Ka Bradley and Saba Ahmed
  • Q&A from the audience
  • Summary and closing comments

Send your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email cfuller@societyofauthors.org  with ‘TA Editing’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.

TA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

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The line-up

Chantal Wright (Chair) – Translator, lecturer

Chantal Wright teaches literary translation at the University of Warwick where she also coordinates the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. She won the inaugural Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation and has been the recipient of a PEN/Heim award. Recent translations include work by Antoine Berman, Michel Foucault and Henri Meschonnic.

Website: chantalwright.org | Twitter: @Warwick_Transla / @WarwickPrizeWiT

Ka Bradley – Editor

Ka Bradley is a commissioning editor at Penguin Press. She has twice been shortlisted for the TA First Translation Prize, in 2020 (for Laura Francis’s translation of Nina Leger’s The Collection), and with co-editor Max Porter in 2017 (for Eliza Marciniak’s translation of Wioletta Greg’s Swallowing Mercury).

Bishan Samaddar – Editor

Bishan Samaddar is an editor at Seagull Books based in Calcutta, India. He has edited translations of several prize-winning authors including Elfriede Jelinek and Peter Handke, and is the series editor of Seagull’s Pride List, which showcases LGBTQ+ literature.
Twitter: @bishansamaddar / @seagullbooks

Saba Ahmed – Editor

Saba Ahmed is an editor at Tilted Axis Press. Her book reviews have been published in the Guardian, the Financial TimesProspect and elsewhere
Twitter: @saba_a_ahmed @tiltedaxispress / Instagram: @saba.a.ahmed @tiltedaxisbooks

About the Translators Association

The Translators Association (TA) provides a source of expert advice for individual literary translators and is also a collective voice representing the profession as a whole. Find out more


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22 June
15:00 - 16:00 BST
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