In the light of Arts Council England’s decision to cut funding for many organisations, The Times today sums up the situation facing publishers that specialise in translated fiction. Publishers including The British Centre for Literary Translation, Dedalus, Arcadia and Anvil are braced for cuts to their funding of around 25% or limited and conditional funding.

Among other writers, Julian Barnes, Marina Warner and Ali Smith have expressed shock. Amanda Hopkinson, director of The British Centre for Literary Translation, has argued that, ‘The lack of joined-up thinking in a country where there is now a greater linguistic diversity than ever before and where there is an established demand to be aware of parallel cultures in the globalised world of the 20th century is staggering.’