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French to English: Short story extract General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Poetry & Literature
Source text - French J’ai hésité sur la meilleure manière d’installer ma mère. Le bon angle était-il dans le prolongement de la rue ou face à la place ? Même en l’asseyant de profil, elle tournerait toujours le dos à des clients potentiels. J’ai regretté brièvement de ne pouvoir la faire pivoter sur elle-même comme ces objets chic dans les devantures de luxe. Ma mère attendait patiemment, agrippée à son sac, les yeux braqués sur moi. J’ai sorti de la voiture son fauteuil favori et, en m’arrangeant pour ne pas croiser son regard, je l’ai aidée à s’asseoir. Avec discrétion, j’ai accroché un panneau de carton sur le dossier en velours fatigué. J’y avais écrit : Mille cinq cents euros, siège compris. Je dépareillais ainsi la paire qui perdrait de sa valeur, mais c’était inévitable. J’ai toujours vu ma mère assise dans celui-ci, je n’imaginais ni l’en priver ni prendre place le soir face à lui et le trouver vide.
Translation - English I wasn’t sure of the best way to show off my mother, whether it would be better to have her facing the road or towards the square. Even if I tried placing her sideways, she would turn her back on potential clients anyway. I wished for a moment that I had thought of a revolving platform like you see in window displays for luxury items. My mother waited patiently clutching her handbag with her eyes fixed on me. I got her favourite armchair out of the car, and making sure not to catch her eye, I helped her into it. I then discreetly placed a cardboard sign on the frayed velvet back. On it I’d written: One thousand five hundred euros, armchair included. Of course, selling just one armchair would devalue the pair but that was unavoidable. My mother always sat in that one and I couldn’t imagine depriving her of it, nor of having it staring me in the face, empty, in the evenings.
Bachelor's degree - Dublin City University
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My work experience extends to areas such as travel and tourism, wine, humanitarian, trade union, and business administration. As a qualified TEFL teacher, I taught English in Ireland, Austria, Japan, and France, and now live and work as a freelance translator in gorgeous Gascony.
I attended the British Centre for Literary Translation summer school at UEA, with award-winning translator, Daniel Hahn, and have published translations of poetry and short stories. A short story I translated by the wonderfully talented Frédérique Martin appeared in Asymptote journal and can be read online here: Despair of the Roses.
My own writing has been published in literary journals such as Words With Jam and The Ofi Press, and I have won or been placed in competitions such as Writers & Artists, Writing West Midlands, and Fish. I earned a distinction in my MA in creative writing in 2016 at Teesside University. I also compiled the Gascony Writers Anthology 2016, and am currently focusing on CPD to improve my editing and proofreading skills.
My strength lies in a balanced focus on both sides of the translation equation. I have spent over sixteen years in France (Nantes, Paris, Gers department) and continue to build on my linguistic and cultural knowledge. I also pay a great deal of attention to the tone, style and flow of the English translation, producing a text that is accurate and reads well.
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