Translating George MacDonald's Scottish Novels

In 2016, The Works of George MacDonald initiated a long-term project to create Scots-English editions of all of MacDonald’s “Scottish novels,” meaning those which feature significant amounts of dialogue in Scots. When such dialogue appears, the books use a two-column format, with the author’s original text appear on the left and an English translation on the right. Two Scots-English editions have appeared to date: Robert Falconer and Castle Warlock, and a third, Sir Gibbie will be published by Christmas, 2018.

Key to the success of this venture is the work of the extraordinarily talented Scotsman, David Jack, translator for this unique series of books. David was recently interviewed by Lancia Smith for Cultivating, and you can read the complete interview here: