A (translation) miracle at carnival

a (translation) miracle at carnivalTake an Italian children’s book author, a mysterious mask, a project manager, a translator and an editor, add a bit of Venetian magic to the mix and wham! – you are in the middle of one of First Edition Translation’s most intriguing projects of the past few months: localising the Italian edition of A Miracle at Carnival for English readers.

The setting for the story is enchanted Venice where Olivia, the daughter of a traditional mask-maker is tasked to deliver a mask to an enigmatic Contessa who lives on a neighbouring island. Throughout her journey, Olivia meets stranger than strange characters… Just like Olivia on her mission, we also went on a quest where we met several exciting editorial translation challenges along the way… and chatted with the team behind bringing this project to life. Continue reading A (translation) miracle at carnival

Karima’s first three months

This is your second time with First Edition as you first started with us in 2011 and have been “away” for 8 years. Is it a different experience now? Has anything changed compared to the first time?

Eight years, three children, a global pandemic and remote working – not to mention the new management – mean that my second stint at FE is certainly different to the first! Continue reading Karima’s first three months

Brigitta’s first 200 projects

Brigitta's first 200 projectsBack in September 2020 a new team member, Brigitta Bacsai joined First Edition’s busy commercial team. She is a seasoned translation project manager with several years of experience in the industry, however, her first half a year – or 200 projects if you like – at First Edition have still brought some surprises for her and provided some learning opportunities.

Read our brief interview with Brigitta to find out more! Continue reading Brigitta’s first 200 projects

Meet our new team member, Karima – again!

Last month we greeted a new team member, Brigitta at the Commercial Department and today we are glad to welcome another new (well… returning) team member at our Editorial Department. Everyone, meet Karima!

Some of you might remember her from 9 years ago when she first joined First Edition. Karima has now returned once again to her role at our Editorial Team.

We’ve asked her to tell us a bit more about herself and what she has been up to in the last few years. (We are nosy like that!) Continue reading Meet our new team member, Karima – again!

Meet our new team member – Brigitta!

Brigitta BacsaiWe would like to welcome a new team member at First Edition today, Brigitta Bacsai, the latest addition to our busy commercial team. Some of you might have already been in touch with her this week, as she might have answered your enquiries, queries and helped you get things done. Continue reading Meet our new team member – Brigitta!

Meet the Translator – Sabine

Last year we started a new blog series, “Meet the Translator”, in which you could read about the translation professionals behind the scenes: those people who use their years of experience and vast knowledge to prepare the translated version of your important and invaluable documents. So far, you could “meet” Adriana who has been part of our team since 1990, Tim, the finance-director-turned-translator and Kerryann who always knew the best profession for her was something to do with languages.

We would like to restart this wonderful series to show you who work on your translations with us. This week, we brought Sabine to you, who is not only great with words but has a knack for farming. Continue reading Meet the Translator – Sabine

Typesetting 101 for Buyers

Typesetting 101

Back in the olden days, so-called sorts or types – which represented individual letters and symbols – were selected and placed in a form one by one to make up a page. The aptly named typesetters specialised in this onerous task.

With the advent of the digital era, the manual aspect of the job has gotten a bit simpler, however, this does not mean that anyone could do it. If you want the best results, you’ll need specialist typesetters! Continue reading Typesetting 101 for Buyers

James’ book corner – Death and the Penguin

death and the penguinAs you might expect from the team at a translation agency, we are avid readers who often enjoy translated literature. This week James has brought us an interesting lockdown-read, Death and the Penguin by Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov. Continue reading James’ book corner – Death and the Penguin

The triumphant return of Ana’s weekend tips!

Hey everybody, some tips for the weekend! 🙂

Ana's tips

The Last Dance  – was Michael Jordan the best ever basketball player? PROBABLY YES. The Last Dance is a new Netflix series following Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls, going back and forth in time and following him and his teammates through time. It is REALLY good and I am not by any means a sports fan. It is also about sports politics, about fame and celebrity, and dedication to something you love. The only problem with this series is that they release two episodes at a time on Mondays. There are four so far and I wish ALL OF IT WAS AVAILABLE SO I COULD BINGE.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is now on Netflix! One of my fave spy movies ever. It is so GOOD and so much fun. I wish there were ONE MILLION MORE of these. Another super great movie that landed on Netflix recently is Crimson Peak, a great horror story, with a dash of Gothic Drama and a super fun twist.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley – Just read this new thriller and it is really fun! A wedding on a remote island, multiple guests with secrets, a murdered body. WHO IS THE KILLER, but most importantly, WHO IS THE VICTIM.

“See” you on Monday,

Ana

Lockdown Diaries: Jenny’s coronavirus handcuffs

Laughter truly is a balm during these difficult times so when Jenny, one of our favourite English editors and proofreaders, got in touch to tell us about her special knitting and crocheting project, we all welcomed the respite – and decided to share Jenny’s ingenious idea with you all.

Jenny has come up with an individual solution for a problem that has been bothering many in the past few weeks: how to stop us from touching our own faces! Continue reading Lockdown Diaries: Jenny’s coronavirus handcuffs