Nordic writers take a stand for human rights
Between 29 June and 2 July the literary congress WALTIC will gather about a thousand writes and translators for a manifestation of the value of words and in support of human rights. All the Nordic countries are represented amongst the participants who come from 60 countries.
“WALTIC will take a stand to increase world literacy, safeguard freedom of expression and strengthen authors’ rights. These are issues driven by the Nordic translators and writers’ unions which needs global co-operation,” says Mats Söderlund, chair of both WALTIC and the Swedish Writers’ Union.
The translator and art critic Ika Kaminka from Norway will give a talk on the Norwegian translator union’s struggle for an agreement, which was pushed through after a strike.
“The Norwegian translators’ strike is quite unique and many are curious about it. The exchange of knowledge between various parts of the world and regions will be an important part of the congress,” says Mats Söderlund.
Among the almost sixty seminar speakers will be the Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri, whose celebrated debut with ‘Ett öga rött’/’One Eye Red’ was written in his own consciously constructed Swedish (hamilska). He will take part in the seminar ‘Language vs. Experience’.
Leevi Lehto is a translator and poetry activist from Finland, who is, amongst other things, the initiator of the internet based publishing house ‘ntamo’. At WALTIC Leevi Lehto will be part of a panel under ‘The Revolution is Faceless’, a seminar on digitalisation.
WALTIC will take place in Stockholm 29 June – 2 July. It is the first literary world congress of its kind. For the first time ever, writers and translators will be gathered together in a joint manifestation of the value of words and in support of human rights. The promoter and host for WALTIC 2008 is the Swedish Writers’ Union. Participants will include writers and literary translators as well as scholars, activists and opinion makers.
WALTIC Chairman, Mats Söderlund
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Media contact, Anna Morin
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