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Publisher’s Weekly Announces Nahoko Uehashi as Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award

Publisher’s Weekly Announces Nahoko Uehashi as Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award

SWET is proud to congratulate SWET member Cathy Hirano, the English translator of 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award winner Uehashi Nahoko. These awards are among the oldest and most prestigious international awards for children's literature and are given every other year to an author and an illustrator. See article in Publisher's Weekly.

Uehashi is best known for the 10 volumes of her Moribito series, the first two of which have been translated by Cathy Hirano. Mika Dikengil... more

Swet Columns

A Delectable Assortment: Translators Showcase Advice, Writing Skills

A Delectable Assortment: Translators Showcase Advice, Writing Skills

By Rachael Ragalye

Translator Perspectives (Hon’yakusha no mesen). Tokyo: Japan Association of Translators, 2013. 97 pages. ISBN 978-4-906408-09-2.

 

Of all the things I expected to see in a volume titled Translator Perspectives, advice about what makes for a good udon noodle shop was not one of them. In his essay Oishii kake-udon o mezashite, Kunieda Shirō tells us that the true test of a good udon shop is its kake-udon. This seemingly simple dish—just a bowl of udon noodles in... more

Professional Resources

Learning to Write Well

Learning to Write Well

By Peter Mallett

In 2005 to 2006 university professor and writer Peter Mallett did a master’s degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University in the U.K. where he began his first novel, Appassionata. Formerly Arts editor of Kansai Time Out and publisher/editor of Artspace, he has written for the Asahi Evening News, Gramophone Japan, Opera News, the New Internationalist, etc. His textbook From Word to Letter was published in 2007. The following article is adapted from a presentation at... more

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