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TA Week: Industry Insider – Reader’s Report: Stepping Stone or Millstone?

31 October @ 14:30 - 15:30 GMT

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‘You’ve got to do a reader’s report to get your foot in the door.’

‘Don’t rock the boat by asking for too much.’

‘You don’t actually have to read the whole book.’

Join us for this panel discussion chaired by Kari Dickson with Nadia Saeed, Jessica Tribble Wells and Anam Zafar as they discuss the myths vs realities of reader’s reports from both the translator’s and publisher’s perspective, as we seek to demystify the practice.

In addition, the results of a survey that Translation Association Committee Member, Clare Richards conducted on the rates of reader’s reports across a wide array of languages and genres will be shared. Come along to contribute to the conversation on making reader’s reports a transparent practice

In conjunction with the Translators Association as part of the [email protected] Festival



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Kari Dickson (5 mins)
  • Panel Discussion with Nadia Saeed, Jessica Tribble Wells and Anam Zafar (35 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (15mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (5 mins)


Who is this Industry Insider for? 

All translators, at any stage of their career, who write reader’s reports or are interested in doing so.


Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Reader’s Reports’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The line-up 

Kari Dickson (Chair)

Kari Dickson (Chair) is a literary translator from Norway. Her work includes crime fiction, literary fiction, children’s books, theatre and non-fiction. She is also an occasional tutor in Norwegian language, literature and translation at the University of Edinburgh, and has worked with BCLT and the National Centre for Writing


Anam Zafar

Anam Zafar is a UK-based translator working from Arabic and French to English. She won the 2021 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation and the inaugural Stinging Fly New Translator’s Bursary, and was longlisted for the 2021 John Dryden Translation Competition. Her translations have been published by ArabLit Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and The Stinging Fly among others. She also runs translation workshops for young people and volunteers for World Kid Lit.
Twitter: @anam_translates; Website: www.anamzafar.com


Jessica Tribble Wells

Jessica Tribble Wells has worked on many bestsellers including Bloodline by Jess Lourey (2021 Thriller Award winner), Unmissing by Minka Kent, and The Big Dark Sky by Dean Koontz. Before joining Amazon Publishing in 2015, Jessica worked at Poisoned Pen Press in Scottsdale, Arizona, a leading independent publisher of mystery and thriller fiction. Over ten years she held nearly every job, including publisher, and worked on titles such as James Sallis’s Drive (adapted for film, starring Ryan Gosling in 2011) and the Phryne Fisher Mysteries by Kerry Greenwood (adapted for series in 2012). In 2013 she joined Brilliance Publishing as their managing editor, overseeing the publication of thousands of titles. Jessica is passionate about all forms of storytelling, watching more than fifty new movies and ten to fifteen new plays a year.


Nadia Saeed

Nadia Saeed is Translation and International Officer at English PEN. She is co-editor of English PEN’s online magazine, PEN Transmissions, and works closely with the team to deliver various parts of the translation programme, including PEN Translates and PEN Presents. Nadia is a graduate from University of York and has worked in both the Theatre and Publishing industries.


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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 60 minutes.

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  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



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31 October
14:30 - 15:30 GMT
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