Monthly Archives: December 2019

An Afternoon of Collaborative Translation

“An Afternoon of Collaborative Translation”
At the Wheeler Centre, 7th December 2019

Thanks to all who made our last event of 2019 such a success.

In our warm up exercise, we did some “jigsaw” poetry, taking the English translations of two contributor poems (one by Vasile Baghiu and the other by Koraly Dimitriadis), and cutting them into individual words. Each group was given the individual words and was invited to create a new poetic work from these fragments.

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We were able to produce several poems in this way, some quite brief (see pictured), others more substantial in length.


Then, our wonderfully diverse group of collaborators was able to produce four independent translations of two Romanian poems.bb861501-9098-4cf8-931a-eb36508af1b8

Nicolae Coande – Tălpi mici 

Cristina Savin: “This is a love poem. There are a few challenges in the text but overall it is not too difficult. The poet, Nicolae Coande, is well known in Romania. The poem is suitable for people with a solid understanding and knowledge of poetry.

Costel Stancu 

Cristina Savin: “This is a delightful poem full of surprises (with no title!). It is a playful little story that would lend itself quite well to children’s poetry. It is about a young boy who has an imaginary friend; there is an unexpected, gentle twist at the end.

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All these translations will appear in future publications, and will be made available to all TransCollaborate members.

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Bordertown #3: Sipyeon

We are proud to announce the third issue of our Bordertown zine/journal series, titled Sipyeon (a transliteration of the Korean word 시편, which means “psalter”, or more simply “book of poems”).Sipyeon Cover

As with our previous issues, Sipyeon contains a diverse range of creative translations and transcultural pieces, including a section of Romanian literature, featuring the poetry of Vasile Baghiu, among others, and two poems by Melbourne poet Koraly Dimitriadis, in parallel English and Cypriot. May O’Kane contributes an original transcultural piece, and we feature a partial translation of a work of Korean children’s literature, a story by Joong Ae So about a primary school teacher who is always crying in front of her class!

Also included in Sipyeon, is a range of visual art by Jaime Dorner and the Instagram water-colorist @one.thwing. We also have some Ci by Su Dong Po, the great poet of the Song Dynasty, translated by members of the Marco Polo translation group.

Copies of Sipyeon are free to all TransCollaborate members. If you are interested in joining, follow this link.