The Banff Centre announces the creation of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)

2003 March 11

Inspired by the network of international literary translation centres in Europe, the centre in Banff is the first of its kind in North America. Their inaugural session will be held this summer from Aug 17 to Sept. 6. Translators have until April 30 to apply for the 15 places in the residency program.

Activities at the Centre will have a distinctly North American focus. The program will be inaugurated by its first three-week residency beginning in August 2003. The primary objective of the residency will be to afford literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project, within an international community of translators. Translators may request a joint residency (of up to one week) with a writer, allowing the translator to consult and deepen his or her knowledge of the writer’s intentions and the context of the work being translated. Consultation with the program director and two experienced translators-in-residence will be available. The program is open to literary translators from Canada, Mexico, and the United States translating from any language, and to international translators working on literature from the Americas.

For more information and application forms go to the Banff Centre website at