I am a native British English speaker with a passion for foreign languages, specifically German and Spanish. While I studied German in the classroom at school, I learnt Spanish “on the ground” in Mexico while participating in the Rotary International Youth Exchange Scheme. I went to on study both languages at the University of Wales, Bangor, leaving with a First Class Degree and the Dr. Barbara Saunderson Prize for German.
In addition to a year in Mexico, I have spent time studying in Austria and Spain as well as working closely with colleagues in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Mexico during my time at Romo Fabrics. My travels also include three months volunteering on a tea plantation in Darjeeling, India.
I also love books and reading. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had my nose in a book, sometimes ignoring the rest of my family while I “just finish this chapter!” With the birth of my children in the early 2010s acting as a very definite turning point in my life, I turned away from a career in export and turned to tutoring and translation.
My tutoring spans both ends of the age scale, regularly tutoring for groups of the University of the Third Age (people aged over 55) as well as running a fortnightly toddler class for around 13 pre-schoolers – great fun at both extremes! I also go into schools to talk to pupils about the importance of learning a language. For more about this, please click here.
It was during my Master’s Degree in Translation Studies at the University of Bristol that I realised I might be able to combine my two passions – languages and books! I have attended the British Centre in Literary Translation Summer School with Anne McLean in 2018 and will be attending the Warwick Translates Summer School with Katy Derbyshire in 2019. I have a particular interest in translating children’s literature and highlighting the importance of including World Kid Lit titles on our children’s bookcases. My first translated picture book is due for publication in 2019.
I am actively involved in my local regional group of the ITI and was proud to be recognised with a special commendation in the category for Best Newcomer (Freelancing) at the ITI Awards 2019.
As well as my translation work, I also regularly volunteer for charity Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity. This grassroots organisation receives, sorts and sends valuable aid to those in need in places like Syria, Greece and northern France. It also supports refugees living here in Derby by offering free English classes and a place to come, eat cake and enjoy the company of other people.