Agenda of the General Assembly March 27-28


The Agenda

Friday March 27th

12.00–13.00 Lunch at the Centre

  • Opening of the GA and presentation
  • Approval of the Agenda
  • Election of the chairperson and secretary of the Ga
  • Activity report, by Janina Orlov, the Chair of BWC
  • Name change?
  • BCWT news by Lena Pasternak, director of BCWT

20.00 Dinner

Saturday March 28th


  • Treasurer’s report by Mudite Treimane the Treasurer of BWC
  • Auditor’s report
  • Reports from member-organizations


13.00 Lunch


  • Reports continue.
  • Membership fee.
  • Election of the new Chairperson and some other Board members plus auditors. Please try to think candidates for Chairperson beforehand, so that we have one or two to put forward at the meeting.
  • Other issues.
  • Date of the next GA.
  • Closing the GA.


20.00 Dinner


Finnish literary translators have taken a new initiative to address their steadily worsening economic situation and their unfair position vis-a-vis publishers in the current crisis affecting all players in the print media. They have established a new organisation, a translators’ chapter within the Union of Journalists in Finland. The new subdivision’s primary task is to advance translators’ professional and economic interests. The Union of Journalists has thus widened the scope of its media professions further and welcomed literary translators into its ranks.

The chairman of the new chapter is Mr Jyrki Lappi-Seppälä, an accomplished translator from Spanish and Portuguese.

The Finnish name of the new chapter is Kääntäjien ammattiosasto, KAOS, in abbreviation. It functions under the auspices of the freelance journalists division of the Union.

Baltic Meeting postponed

Dear member organizations of BWC. The Baltic Meeting, originally planned to be held in Vilnius/Minsk this autumn, has been postponed, and will be organized in 2014.

More information is coming. Best regards, the Board.

Visby, April 2, 2011

The knowledge has reached us that at least two Finnish publishing companies have started to maculate works of literature in order to free storage space, without even asking the permission of the writers or asking whether they would be interested in buying their works.

Neither have the publishing houses agreed to donate the books to the public good, although there might be a demand for them, for example at institutional or other small libraries. At the general assembly at Visby 2011, the Baltic Writers Council proposed to condemn such activities as cultural vandalism and to appeal to the publishing  companies to help prolonging the life span of books.

Representing 21 literary organizations, 12 countries and 17 000 members