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    We are sad to hear the news of the death of SELTA member Martin Murrell on 27 June 2018.
    Martin was born in London in 1937 and studied and worked in teacher education at a number of universities in England and overseas. After retiring in 1996 he continued to undertake academic and literary translation. He and his Finland-Swedish wife Anna-Lisa, who died in January last year, translated a number of Swedish works together, the first of which was Runar Schildt's story The Weaker One, published in Swedish Book Review in 1999.
    SELTA members remember Martin's love of Scandinavian folktales and his brilliantly atmospheric oral storytelling.  We appreciated having him and Anna-Lisa in our ranks as a translating duo and remember him as a polymath, a music lover and a valued, thought-provoking, contributor to our online forums and workshops, and, of course, to Swedish Book Review.  
  • Congratulations to Neil Smith on International Dagger win
    The winner of the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger 2017 for crime novels not originally written in English is Leif G Persson's The Dying Detective, translated from Swedish by SELTA member Neil Smith.
    Congratulations Neil!
    The SELTA AGM will be held on Friday 3 November at 2 p.m. at the Alströmer Suite, Embassy of Sweden, 11 Montagu Place, Marylebone, London W1H 2AL
    See map here.
    The meeting will be followed by a talk from Ros Schwartz.
  • Nordic events at Edinburgh
    This year's Edinburgh International Book Festival is doing its bit for Nordic authors and SELTA member Ian Giles has put together a handy list of Nordic-themed events below.
    The festival runs from 12–28 August 2017 and tickets can be booked here.
  • SELTA membership reaches new milestone!
    We now have 70 SELTA members!
    We include award-winning translators of Nordic Noir and literary fiction, emerging literary translators and postgraduate students. See our Join SELTA section for details of how to join and the Directory of Members for profiles of some of our members. 
    It's great to see SELTA going from strength to strength in 2017.

Key Info

  • SELTA was founded in 1982. Its aims are to promote the publication of Swedish and Finland-Swedish literature in English and to represent translators’ interests. For more information about SELTA, visit the About SELTA page.
  • Interested in becoming a SELTA member? Visit the Join SELTA page to find out more.
  • Want to find some good Swedish books in English translation? The Books page lists the latest translations by SELTA members.
  • For articles, reviews and translated extracts of Swedish literature, visit the Swedish Book Review website.