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Translation meet begins.

MOHAMED KHOULAIDI DOHA THE third annual translation conference titled 'Translation in and of the world' was launched with an impressive array of workshops and keynote addresses on Sunday.

The conference began with opening remarks from renowned names such as Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) author Ahdaf Soueif, Executive Director of the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) Amal al Malki, as well as representatives from the organising partners BQFP and the British Council.

The translation conference has enjoyed considerable growth and attention since its inception three years ago. As a result, it has extended to three days, with options for morning and afternoon workshops.

This enabled the organisers to offer more variety, through two separate strands -- literary translation and professional translation.

With over 150 participants registered for this year's event, the conference is enabling translators in the Middle East and the UK to strengthen their skills and their networks.

"We were overwhelmed by the demand. Registration closed after a week because we were over-subscribed. So, we added extra workshops and slots to avoid turning too many people away," said Maha Helmi from TII.

Hosted by TII, the non-literary strand caters to the needs of translators -- both locally and regionally -- in the commercial field, with workshops covering commercial translation, media translation and audiovisual translation.

When asked about the conference, Dr Malki said, "The TII organised the third annual translation conference this year in collaboration with Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and the British Council. This year's 'Translation in and of the world' conference and its various workshops is a clear indication of the richness of the field of translation. It can be pursued as an academic discipline and a career option." The literary strand covers a vast array of topics -- from translation for children and young people to translating dialects. During the three days, participants will meet with expert translators to work on texts. Participants will also have the chance to meet BQFP authors Ahdaf Soueif, Jabbour Douaihy, Selma Dabbagh and Bloomsbury children's author BR Collins to hear about their experiences.

The British Council awarded over 40 scholarships to translators from the Arab World and the UK to take part in the literary strand.

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Date:Apr 30, 2012
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