Literature Ireland

Talking Translations Podcast

Talking Translations is a podcast series which brings Irish writers and translators together to share their stories and voices. Each episode features an Irish writer reading their own work aloud, followed by a translator reading a newly commissioned translation of the same piece. The recordings are all produced at home by the writers and translators themselves, allowing the listener to travel to the homes of the speakers in Ireland and around the world. The texts of the original work and of the translation are published on the Literature Ireland website and provide an opportunity for publishers abroad to consider the work for future publication.

Michelle Gallen & Clara Ministral: Big Girl, Small Town in Spanish

Big Girl, Small Town is a darkly humorous book set in small-town northern Ireland, and we see the world through main character Majella’s eyes. It was...

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Lucy Caldwell & Agnieszka Pokojska: 'Fiction' in Polish

Lucy Caldwell reads a very special, as-yet unpublished short story, called 'Fiction'. This episode is celebrating her long-awaited second collection of short...

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Adrian Duncan & Marie Hermet: A Sabbatical in Leipzig in French

Adrian Duncan reads from his novel A Sabbatical in Leipzig. Adrian is joined by Marie Hermet, who reads her French translation from her home in Paris.

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Seosamh Mac Grianna & Mícheál Ó hAodha: Mo Bhealach Féin in English

For this Irish language episode, extracts from Mo Bhealach Féin by Seosamh Mac Grianna are read by Damien Ó Dónaill. Micheál Ó hAodah reads from his...

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John O'Donnell & Mia Pervan: 'Almost the Same Blue' in Croatian

John O'Donnell reads the title story from his recent short story collection, Almost the Same Blue, published by Doire Press (2020). He is joined by celebrated...

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Sara Baume & Inga Gaile: 'Wisdom' in Latvian

Sara Baume reads an unpublished essay, 'Wisdom', a warm reflection on life in lockdown. Writer and poet Inga Gaile reads a Latvian translation, which she...

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Rosemary Jenkinson & Tina Mahkota: 'Two People Shorten the Road' in Slovenian

Rosemary Jenkinson reads a short story, 'Two People Shorten the Road,' from her collection Lifestyle Choice 10mg published by Doire Press. Tina Mahkota reads...

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Kevin Barry & Bernhard Robben: 'Who's-Dead McCarthy' in German

Kevin Barry reads a short story, 'Who's-Dead McCarthy,' from his collection That Old Country Music which is published today in the USA. Kevin is joined by...

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Niamh Campbell & Regina López Muñoz: This Happy in Spanish

Niamh Campbell reads chapters from her debut novel, This Happy, from her home in Dublin. She is joined by Spanish translator Regina López Muñoz, who reads her...

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Rónán Hession & Inger Johansson: Leonard and Hungry Paul in Swedish

Rónán Hession reads chapters from his debut novel, Leonard and Hungry Paul, from his home in Dublin. He is joined by Inger Johansson, who reads her Swedish...

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Caoilinn Hughes & Clara Ministral: The Wild Laughter in Spanish

Caoilinn Hughes reads chapters from her new novel, The Wild Laughter, from her home in Connemara, in the West of Ireland. She is joined by Clara Ministral, who...

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Kevin Barry & Auke Leistra: 'Toronto and the State of Grace' in Dutch

Kevin Barry reads a brand-new short story, Toronto and the State of Grace, from his forthcoming collection That Old Country Music. This is a special preview...

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Cathy Sweeney & Jerzy Kozłowsky: 'Blue' in Polish

Cathy Sweeney reads her short story 'Blue' from her debut collection, Modern Times, and Jerzy Kozłowsky reads his translation into Polish. Modern Times was...

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Colum McCann & Sawsan Obeid: Apeirogon in Arabic

Colum McCann reads excerpts from his novel Apeirogon from New York, and Sawsan Obeid reads her translation into Arabic from Chicago. Apeirogon is McCann's...

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Philip O'Ceallaigh & Mirela Hristova: 'My Life in the City' in Bulgarian

Philip O'Ceallaigh reads his short story 'My Life in the City' from his home in Bucharest, Romania and Bulgarian translator Mirela Hristova reads from Sofia...

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Wendy Erskine & Sara Koch: 'To All Their Dues' in Danish

Wendy Erskine reads the first section of her story 'To All Their Dues' to us from Belfast. Wendy is joined by Danish translator Sara Koch, who reads her...

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Sara Baume & Anna-Nina Kroll: 'Green, Mud, Gold' in German

Sara Baume reads her story 'Green, Mud, Gold' to us from a stormy day in West Cork. Sara is joined by German translator Anna-Nina Kroll, who reads her...

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Mary Costello & Isabel Puente Lozano: 'Things I See' in Spanish

Author Mary Costello reads her short story 'Things I See' from her home in Dublin, in English. Mary is joined by translator Isabel Puente Lozano, who reads her...

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