5 February 2013
On Monday 04 February five translators received prizes totalling over £18,000 at the Society of Authors’ Translation Prizes, held at Kings Place, London.
The 2012 winners
The John Florio Prize (Italian)
The John Florio Prize of £2,000 is awarded biennially.
Winner: Anne Milano Appel for her translation of Scent of a Woman by Giovanni Arpino (Penguin Classics).
Commended: Howard Curtis for his translation of In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda (Harvill Secker).
Commended: Shaun Whiteside for his translation of Stabat Mater by Tiziano Scarpa (Serpant's Tail).
Sponsors: The Italian Cultural Institute, Arts Council England.
Judges: Dr Laura Rorato and Marina Warner.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Prize (Portuguese)
The Calouste Gulbenkian Prize is awarded biennially and is worth £3,000.
Winner: Margaret Jull Costa for her translation of The Word Tree by Teolinda Gersão (Dedalus).
Commended: Margaret Jull Costa for her translation of The Land at the End of the World by Antonio Lobo Antunes (Norton).
Judges: Dr Ana Margarida Martins and Dr Patricia Odber de Baubeta.
The Hellenic Foundation for Culture Translation Prize (Greek)
The Hellenic Foundation Prize of £1,000 was awarded for the first time in 2002 and is presented triennially.
Winner: Avi Sharon for his translation of Selected Poems by C. P. Cavafy (Penguin).
Commended: Anne-Marie Stanton-Ife for her translation of A Short Border Handbook by Gazmend Kapllani (Portobello).
Judges: Professor Dimitris Tziovas and Sara Wheeler.
The Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize (Arabic)
The £3,000 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize, first awarded in 2006, is presented annually. The prize was
established by Banipal, the magazine of modern Arab literature, and the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature.
Winner: Roger Allen for his translation of A Muslim Suicide by Bensalem Himmich (Syracuse University Press.
Commended: Humphrey Davis for his translation of I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Mourid Barghouti (Bloomsbury).
Sponsors: Omar Saif Ghobash and the Ghobash family and the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature.
Judges: Fadhil al-Azzawi, Esther Freud, Ruth Padel and Dr John Peate.
The Schlegel-Tieck Prize (German)
The Schlegel-Tieck Prize (£3,000) has been awarded annually since 1965 and takes its name from two
great poets of the Romantic Period, August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767-1845) and his friend Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853), also a noted translator.
Winner: Vincent Kling for his translation of Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta by Aglaja Veteranyi (Dalkey Archive Press).
Commended: Ross Benjamin for his translation of Funeral for a Dog by Thomas Pletzinger (Norton).
Sponsors: The Goethe-Institut and Arts Council England.
Judges: Emily Jeremiah, Dr Johannes Kaminski and Lyn Marven.
The Scott Moncrieff Prize (French)
The Scott Moncrieff Prize of £2,000 has been awarded annually since 1965 and is named for Scott Moncrieff, the celebrated translator of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past.
Winner: Malcolm Imrie for his translation of Fear by Gabriel Chevallier (Serpent's Tail).
Commended: Giles MacDonogh for his translation of Testicles by Blandine Vié (Prospect Books).
Sponsors: The French Ministry of Culture, The French Embassy and Arts Council England.
Judges: Dr Johanna Malt and Michèle Roberts.
The Bernard Shaw Prize (Swedish)
The Bernard Shaw Prize was established in 1991 and is awarded triennially.
Winner: Robin Fulton for his translation of Chickweed Wintergreen by Harry Martinson (Bloodaxe Books).
Commended: Peter Graves for his translation of The Beauty and the Sorrow by Peter Englund (Profile).
Judges: Andrew Brown and Dr BJ Epstein.
The Premio Valle Inclán (Spanish)
The Premio Valle Inclán of £2,000 is given annually, and was first awarded in 1997.
Winner: Frank Wynne for his translation of Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras (Atlantic).
Runner-up: Margaret Jull Costa for her translation of The Sickness by Alberto Barrera Tyszka (Maclehose Press).
Sponsors: The Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy, The Instituto Cervantes in London, Arts Council
Judges: John King, Jeremy Munday and Jason Wilson.