I work in a variety of ways to spread the good news about foreign languages and literatures – as project manager, editor, translator and lecturer. I’m particularly committed to promoting languages at school level and to widening participation at university level, and I’m interested in the role that translation and foreign literatures can play in that endeavour. I run three organisations: the Stephen Spender Trust, New Books in German, and the Translation Outreach Centre at The Queen’s College Oxford.
I recently published a report on undergraduate participation in MFL outreach, and how literature can be used in the MFL classroom, with funding from the German Embassy in London.
This autumn I’m setting up a ‘Translation Outreach Centre’ at The Queen’s College, Oxford. This fulfils another dream – bringing together my experience of and contacts in the worlds of literary translation and academia, in order to support MFL teaching in schools and raise aspiration amongst young language-learners.