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 Exchange at The Queen’s College Oxford.
See the Projects page for information about each of these roles.
I’m very excited to be one of the judges for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2019, a prize for book-length literary translations into English. The prize is awarded at Oxford Translation Day on Saturday 15 June, at which all are welcome!
In March this year we built a ‘Spectacular Translation Machine’ (STM) at the Bodleian library, as part of an event to celebrate the Babel: Adventures in Translation exhibition. The STM is the brainchild of Sarah Ardizzone and Danny Hahn and is a fantastic way of turning translation into a collaborative, public event. I am hooked!
In January 2019 the book Brecht and the Writer’s Workshop, which I co-edited with Tom Kuhn, was published by Bloomsbury. I also translated one of the dramatic fragments in the book, ‘The Real Life of Jacob Trotalong’, which Brecht wrote in the 1930s.
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.
In autumn 2018 I set up the Queen’s College Translation Exchange. 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.
In February 2018 I took part in the ‘Brecht-Tage’ in Berlin, speaking about my translation for Brecht and the Writer’s Workshop (see above). This was a fitting end to four wonderful years as Postdoctoral Researcher on the Writing Brecht project.