I work with German books and culture on various different projects:
New Books In German
I am the editor of the magazine and website New Books in German, which promotes German-language literature internationally. NBG reviews the best new books from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and includes articles about current trends as well as interviews with authors, translators and publishers.
I am project coordinator and research assistant on the international project ‘Writing Brecht’, based at Oxford University. This research and translation project is devoted to extending and developing the corpus of Brecht’s works in English. It involves several major publications, including the first collected edition of Brecht’s poetry in English translation and a brand new collection of his writings on performance, also translated into English. The project also hosts a number of events, including performances of Brecht’s poetry and drama, outreach events for schools, and in 2016 the conference of the International Brecht Society.
Oxford German Network
The Oxford German Network brings together all those interested in German language and culture by facilitating contacts between the University of Oxford, local schools of all types, local organisations and companies. Our purpose is to foster an appreciation of German language, linguistics, literature and culture in all their rich diversity and historical depth, and to act as a beacon for enhancing the profile of German across the UK. The website is the main focus of the network’s activities, with sections for learners of all ages, teachers, and all those interested in German-language culture. The network also runs an annual national competition for learners of German: the Oxford German Olympiad. I was the founding co-ordinator of the Oxford German Network and now work freelance as network associate.
Emerging Translators Programme
The NBG Emerging Translators Programme, which I founded in 2011, provides opportunities for new talents in translation through a series of workshops and commissions.
Widening participation in higher education is very important to me, and I have been involved in several access initiatives, including:
- various initiatives of the Oxford German Network
- Modern Languages access days, Oxford University
- UNIQ (formerly the Modern Languages Sutton Trust Summer School), Oxford University
- Further Education Colleges Humanities Study Days, Oxford University
- Regular visits to local secondary schools