Selection of translated books with a Scottish connection
Above are some examples of foreign-language books which have
been translated into English, Gaelic or Scots and published in
Scotland, and Scottish books which have been translated into other
languages from English, Gaelic or Scots.
Publishing Scotland Translation Fund
This fund is administered by Publishing
Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland.
The purpose of the fund is to support publishers based outside the
United Kingdom with the payment of translation fees to translate
Scottish writers. Funding will be offered in the form of a grant
and it is for translation costs only. See the terms and conditions.
Round 2 of 2018/19 closed on Monday 7 January 2019.
Application forms will be posted here when the next round
Queries about the fund should be directed to Lucy Feather,
Member Services Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Translation Fund
The Translation Fund was launched on 25 August 2015 at the
Edinburgh International Book Festival. It is administered by
Publishing Scotland, on behalf of Creative Scotland. Its purpose is
to support publishers based outside the UK to buy rights from
Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance
with the cost of translation of contemporary Scottish
writers. The funding will be received in the form of a grant.
Priority will be given to the translation of
contemporary literature, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry,
writing for children and graphic novels. Assessment
criteria will also include the merit of the work to be translated,
financial need of the publisher, track record of publisher and
translator, and the proposed marketing plan. An expert panel will
meet twice a year to assess applications. For more details, see the
Press Release of 25 August 2015. There is a
list of previous projects funded below.
The Translation Fund Panel
The panel comprises: Sasha de Buyl (Creative
Scotland), Bill Campbell (former Director of
Mainstream Publishing), Robyn Marsack (former
Director of the Scottish Poetry Library), Tom Pow
(poet, author and playwright), and Publishing Scotland's
Marion Sinclair (Chief Executive) and Lucy
Feather (Member Services Manager). For more on the panel,
see the Translation Fund Panel Biographies PDF.
Publishing Scotland Translation Fund previous projects
For details of the writers, books and publishers supported by
the funding, see our Books supported by
the Translation Fund page.
Support for translation of foreign works
Creative Europe and many individual countries have support for
the translation of foreign works into other languages. They may
therefore be able to support the translation of foreign works into
English, Scots or Gaelic. See our Translation
of Foreign Works information page which lists some of these
Lost in Translation 2018
On 18 September 2018 Creative
Scotland, Creative Europe Desk
UK-Scotland and Publishing
Scotland invited key players in the process to gather
and discuss how translated fiction can benefit the Scottish
publishing sector, along with its offering to our readers. The
event took place at the French Institute in Edinburgh and you can
find out more about it on the Creative Scotland website.