Our trip to the north of the Island on Saturday morning was to meet the lovely Franca Fritz, whose translation business Lingua Franca sponsored our talk on The Hobbit by Colin Duriez last year.
Franca was keen to support us again and we're thrilled to announce that Lingua Franca will this year be sponsoring the talk by historical author Victoria Lamb, who you may also know under her real name Jane Holland, under which she writes poetry and literary fiction.
For Victoria (pictured below) it's a return to the place she called home for many years - her mother was the prolific bestselling romance author Sheila Holland, who was best known for writing as Charlotte Lamb. The family lived at Crogga on Old Castletown Road until Sheila passed away in 2000.
|Pic by Anna Rybacka|
Victoria's most recent novel is Witchfall (published last month), the second in her young adult Tudor series, which picks up the story started in Witchstruck, which earlier this year was named Young Adult Romantic Novel of the Year by the Romantic Novelists' Association.
So a huge Litfest thank you to Franca, who, alongside husband Heinrich, has translated well over 200 books - indeed she took a break from meeting a novel translation deadline to discuss Litfest over a brew. Franca has also translated for companies, museums, media outlets and sports organisations, including FIFA, UEFA and America's Cup. Among the long list of novelists she has translated for are Ethan Hawke and Faye Kellerman.