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20 November 2018

Translation Challenge 2018

Our congratulations to the winner of Translation Challenge 2018, Llewelyn Hopwood.

Originally from Carmarthen, Llewelyn currently reads modern languages at Jesus College, Oxford.

The Her Gyfieithu Staff was presented to Llewelyn in a ceremony at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, Carmarthen, on 10 November 2018. He also received a £100 cash prize donated by Mercator Rhyngwladol.

In sponsoring the Her Gyfieithu Staff once again, it gives Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru great pleasure to acknowledge the fine craftsmanship of Elis Gwyn who has carved this unique prize from a piece of wood found in the woodlands around Llanystumdwy.

The challenge this year was to translate a poem by the Catalan poet Laia Martinez i Lopez (or Laia Malo). The winning translation and Ned Thomas’ adjudication can be found on the Wales PEN Cymru website, as well as the website of the Welsh-language literary magazine, O’r Pedwar Gwynt.

Translation Challenge is organised by Wales PEN Cymru and Wales Literature Exchange.

Llewelyn Hopwood

22 October 2018

Report on activities 2017-18

Just published is the report on the activities of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru in 2017-18.

The report shows that we continued to hold membership examinations and provided various professional development activities and opportunities, we continued to work in partnership with the higher education sector, and we continued to forge links and collaborated with public organisations and with other translation and interpreting associations for the good of the Association and to raise the profile of the Welsh translation and interpretation profession.

Amongst the new activities introduced during the year were the setting up of the ‘Cronfa Sbarduno’ (a fund to boost the careers of young translators and interpreters); presenting the first Berwyn Prize to the most promising candidate in the examinations for Basic Membership, translation into English; holding the first Interpreting Test into Welsh, arranging the first Translation Slam in Welsh; and establishing the ‘Retired Members’ category.

One source of great pleasure was that we had 365 members on 31 March 2018, a record number. That figure has now increased to 373 members.

In her Foreword Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru Chair, Claire Richards, says,

‘At a time of great change, especially in the public sector, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru plays a very important role in offering an assurance of high standards and professionalism in English/Welsh translation and interpreting.’

Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru is part-funded by the Welsh Government, and we would like to place on record our thanks for this support.

1 August 2018

What’s in a name?

That’s the question which will be answered by Dr Dylan Foster Evans in the 2018 Hedley Gibbard Memorial Lecture, ‘Translation, adaptation and displacement: the relationship between Welsh and English place names in Cardiff’.

The lecture will be delivered in Societies 1 in the Senedd* at 1.00pm on Thursday 9 August.

* The Senedd operates a security system and visitors should allow extra time for this.

An interpretation service will be provided.

Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru’s annual lecture has, since 2002, been held in memory of Hedley Gibbard (1936-2001) as a mark of appreciation of his pioneering work in developing English/Welsh translation and interpretation.

29 June 2018

HMCTS Welsh Language Scheme acknowledges our professional standards

Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru is extremely pleased to see that the recently published HM Courts & Tribunals Service 2018-2021 Welsh Language Scheme recognises the strong relationship which exists between the association and HMCTS. The Scheme also recognises the importance HMCTS places on using members of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru to provide translation and interpreting services to HMCTS.

Firstly, HMCTS has accepted the association’s recommendation, in its response to the consultation on the Welsh Language Scheme earlier this year, that the Scheme should better reflect the arrangements which are in place between the association and HMCTS regarding interpreting in courts and tribunals. As a result, a new paragraph, 5.27 on page 21, has been added to the Scheme, which reads: ‘Simultaneous interpretation in court/tribunal hearings is a specialist skill and is recognised as such by a specialist membership category by Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru’.

Robust arrangements have been in place since 2008 to ensure the quality of English/Welsh interpreting in court and tribunal hearings, arrangements which were further strengthened in 2016 with the establishment of Court and Tribunal Interpreting (developed in partnership with HMCTS) as one of the Areas of Professional Expertise. As a result of these arrangements, only Interpreting members of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru who are also recognised under the Area of Professional Expertise: Court and Tribunal Interpreting can be called upon to provide English/Welsh interpreting services at hearings.

To date, 23 Interpreting members have received this recognition.

Secondly, the Welsh Language Scheme confirms HMCTS commitment to using members of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru to supply any translation needs which HMCTS translators cannot undertake internally.

Responding to this, Claire Richards, Chair of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru, said,

‘It’s a matter of great pride to us in Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru that the professional standards that the association upholds and promotes are important in courts and tribunals in Wales.

This will provide assurance for everyone directly involved in the administration of justice, and the general public, that trustworthy and qualified interpreters are available to undertake the work.’

28 June 2018

Reforming local government offers an opportunity to establish strong translation and interpreting units

In its response to the Welsh Government’s consultation, Strengthening Local Government: Delivering for people, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru emphasised that reforming local government offers an opportunity to establish strong translation and interpreting units in the new authorities, units with definite staffing structures which would allow for the development of expertise. And providing a basis for this would be the professional standards that the association upholds and promotes.

The association’s response – which is only available in Welsh – concentrates on the important role of translation and interpreting in the development and strengthening of the Welsh language in Local Government administration, in implementing the Welsh language Standards, and in aiming to get a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

If the plans outlined in the Green Paper come to fruition, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru hopes that all the new authorities will give due respect to translating and interpreting as a craft from day one, and will acknowledge the professional status of translating and interpreting as a vocation and not as an administrative task. In placing a value on the Welsh language as a skill in this way, and by acknowledging these principles, the new authorities will make a positive declaration that the Welsh language is intrinsically important to their working practices and internal administration.

Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru’s response emphasised the need to ensure:

• that there should be strong translation and interpreting units in each new authority, as part of the Chief Executive’s department, and with a definite staffing structure.

• that plenty of CPD opportunities be available to translators and interpreters and that they be allowed to develop expertise.

• that the best and most effective use is made of technology.

• that interpreting equipment should be available in all authorities.

• that all the new authorities should acknowledge Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru’s professional standards.

10 April 2018

Translation Challenge 2017 winner presented with prize

Our congratulations to Sian Cleaver of Trefor, near Caernarfon, on winning Translation Challenge 2017 into Welsh.

Her prize was the Bardic Staff, which was presented to her recently by Sally Baker, Director of Wales PEN Cymru, a Geraint Wyn Parry, Chief Executive of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru, the association of Welsh translators and interpreters.

The Bardic Staff which each winner receives is unique. Each one is carved by Elis Gwyn of Llanystumdwy. The Bardic Staff is sponsored by Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru.

In addition to the Bardic Staff, Sian also won £250 which was given by Swansea University.

The 2017 Translation Challenge was to translate the Turkish poem ‘Yaşamaya Dair’ by Nâzım Hikmet (1902–63), one of Turkey’s most prominent twentieth century poets The adjudicator was Caroline Stockford.

Translation Challenge is organised by the Wales Literature Exchange, part of the Mercator Institute of Aberystwyth University, in association with Wales PEN Cymru.  

Sian Cleaver’s winning translation can be read on the website of the Welsh language magazine, O'r Pedwar Gwynt, where there is also an explanation of how shw undertook the translation.

Elis Gwyn A Ffon Farddol 2017C

Cyflwyno Ffon 2017

27 March 2018

Wil Petherbridge Memorial Prize 2017

In a delightful and informal ceremony at Yr Hen Lyfrgell Cardiff on Thursday, 15 March 2018, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru presented its prizes to the most promising candidates in its Basic Membership examinations in 2017.

The winner of the Wil Petherbridge Memorial Prize 2017 was Aled Meredydd Davies.

Aled lives in Bancffosfelen near Llanelli. He is the director of his own company, Cwmpasu Cyf, which he established in 2016 to provide support for learning Welsh as well as translation services. Originally from Menai Bridge, he was a pupil at Ysgol David Hughes Menai Bridge at the same time as Wil Petherbridge was a teacher at the school, but was not taught by him. He has a degree in Psychology from Cardiff University. He then worked as a Welsh for Adults tutor for a quarter of a century, including a period as Director of the Welsh for Adults Centre in South West Wales.

Aled is not the first member of the family to win the Wil Petherbridge Memorial Prize. His sister, Elin Mared Davies, won the Prize in 2010!

The Wil Petherbridge Memorial Prize is presented by Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru in memory of its former Secretary and a pioneer in English/Welsh translation. It is awarded to the most promising candidate for Basic Membership, translation into Welsh, if the required standard is achieved.

Llun Gwobr Goffa Wil 2017

27 March 2018

The Berwyn Prize 2017

In a delightful and informal ceremony at Yr Hen Lyfrgell Cardiff on Thursday, 15 March 2018, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru presented its prizes to the most promising candidates in its Basic Membership examinations in 2017.

The Berwyn Prize is a new prize awarded for the first time in 2017.

The Berwyn Prize is awarded to the most promising candidate for Basic Membership, translation into English, if the required standard is achieved. It honours Berwyn Prys Jones, an inspiring leader in Welsh language translation, who was Chair of Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru for over a quarter of a century.

Sophie Smith was the first winner of the Berwyn Prize.

Sophie has just started a new job as translator at Gower College Swansea. When she succeeded in the examinations she was a translator with Swansea Council. Sophie’s a Swansea girl and still lives in the city. Before becoming a professional translator about eighteen months ago, she spent 7 years as a French lecturer for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Following a first degree in French and Hispanic Studies from Edinburgh University, she was awarded a scholarship from the Centre for Welsh Medium Higher Education to study for a doctorate in the portrayal of gender in post-colonial French literature.

Llun Gwobr Berwyn 2017

25 October 2017

The report on activities during 2016-17

Just published is the report on Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru’s activities during 2016-17, the year which saw the Association celebrate 40 years since its inception in 1976.

You will see in the report that we continued to hold membership examinations and provided various professional development activities and opportunities, we continued to work in partnership with the higher education sector, and we continued to forge links and collaborated with public organisations and other translation and interpreting associations for the good of the Association and to raise the profile of the Welsh translation and interpretation profession/industry.

In her Foreword Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru Chair, Claire Richards, says,

‘A multitude of active staff and members have ensured the continuation and success of the Association [during the past 40 years]. It is thanks to them that we today, as we state on our website, ensure professional translation standards by further developing and consolidating the English/Welsh translation and interpreting profession.’

The report also refers to the significant developments made by the Association during the past 10 years. These will provide a strong and sound foundation on which the Association will be able to respond positively to the challenges of Welsh Government’s Welsh language strategy, ‘Cymraeg 2050’.

We are very grateful to Welsh Government for awarding a grant to the Association in 2016-17.

3 August 2017

The Ynys Môn National Eisteddfod

Once again this year, Thursday at the National Eisteddfod will be a day of translation activities.

The Hedley Gibbard Memorial Lecture, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru’s annual lecture, will be held in the Societies Tent 1, at midday.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Bedwyr Rees. The illustrated lecture about place names along the coast of Anglesey is entitled ‘Trwyn y Balog: enwau o’r Moelfre i’r Leinws’.

Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru’s annual lecture has, since 2002, been held in memory of Hedley Gibbard (1936-2001) as a mark of appreciation of his pioneering work in developing English/Welsh translation and interpretation.

Then at 3.00pm, the Welsh language winner of Translation Challenge 2017 will be announced in a ceremony on the Aberystwyth University stand.

This year’s challenge was to translate the Turkish poem YAŞAMAYA DAİR by Nâzım Hikmet (1902–1963), one of Turkey’s most prominent twentieth century poets. The adjudicator was Caroline Stockford. The winner will receive a prize of £250 and will be presented with the Bardic Staff.

Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru is pleased to sponsor the Bardic Staff once again, and in so doing to acknowledge the craftmanship of Elis Gwyn who has carved this unique prize from a piece of wood from the Llanystumdwy area.

Translation Challenge is organised by Wales PEN Cymru and Wales Literature Exchange, and receives sponsorship from Swansea University.

There will also be opportunities to get information about Aberystwyth University’s postgraduate course in Professional Translation Studies and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Postgraduate Certificate in Interpretation.

Professional Translation Studies: the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol stand on Thursday, 10.30-11.30; and the Aberystwyth University stand on Friday, 12.00-1.00pm.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Interpretation: the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s stand on Monday, 11.00am-3.00pm.

●   Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru will not have a stand on the Eisteddfod field.