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Spanish to English

Simon Bruni
MA, TA member, John Dryden prizewinner

Exeter, England, United Kingdom
Local time: 16:34 BST (GMT+1)

Native in: English (Variant: British) Native in English
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Simon Bruni translates literary works from Spanish, a language he acquired through total immersion living in Alicante, Valencia, and Santander. He studied Spanish and linguistics at Queen Mary University of London and literary translation at the University of Exeter.

Simon's many published translations include novels, short stories, video games, and nonfiction publications, and he is the winner of three John Dryden awards: in 2017 and 2015 for Paul Pen's short stories "Cinnamon" and "The Porcelain Boy," and in 2011 for Francisco Pérez Gandul's novel Cell 211. His translations of Paul Pen's The Light of the Fireflies and Sofía Segovia's The Murmur of Bees have both become international bestsellers.

He is a member of the Society of Authors’ Translators Association (TA).

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Here’s a selection of my published translations:


Tears of Amber by Sofía Segovia (Amazon Crossing, April 2021)

The Empress by Laura Martínez-Belli (Amazon Crossing, October 2020)

The Warning by Paul Pen (Amazon Crossing, February 2020)

Under the Water by Paul Pen (Amazon Crossing, October 2019)
The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia (Amazon Crossing, April 2019)

• Villa Torlonia by Juan Esteban Constaín (excerpt in the anthology Bogotá 39, Oneworld Publications, 2018)
Desert Flowers by Paul Pen (Amazon Crossing, August 2017)
The Last Paradise by Antonio Garrido (Amazon Crossing, April 2017)
The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen (Amazon Crossing, 2016)
Turned to Stone by Jorge Magano (Amazon Crossing, 2015)
More than Neighbors by Isabel Keats (Amazon Crossing, 2015)
Color of Evil by Armando Rodera (Thomas & Mercer, 2014)
The Scribe by Antonio Garrido (Amazon Crossing, 2013)
Cell 211 by Francisco Pérez Gandul (excerpt in the journal Comparative Critical Studies, 2011)

Short fiction
• Forests Where There Was Nothing by Valentín Trujillo (in the anthology Bogotá 39, Oneworld Publications, 2018)

• The Porcelain Boy by Paul Pen (in the journal Comparative Critical Studies, 2016)
The Last Grey Brocket by Julio Figueredo (in The Missing Slate Magazine, 2013)

The Land of the Seazogs (Oops!, 2018)
inviZimals Trading Card Game (Sony, 2014)
Geronimo Stilton: Return to the Kingdom of Fantasy (Sony, 2013)
Ecolibrium (Sony, 2012)

• Excerpts from Spanish Inquisition records in Invoking the Akelarre by Emma Wilby (Sussex Academic Press, 2019)
State of the World’s Forests IN BRIEF (FAO, 2016)
Pulses: Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future (FAO, 2016)
70 Years of FAO (1945-2015) (FAO, 2015)
• Several chapters in Heritage, Pilgrimage and the Camino to Finisterre (Springer, 2015)
• Articles for history magazine Desperta Ferro (2013)
• Websites of Real Madrid, the Madrid Open, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional and Pontoon Elite Triathlon
• Articles for cultural magazine Cantabria Infinita (Cantabrian Regional Ministry of Culture, 2007-2010)

MA in Translation (Literary Pathway) with Distinction, University of Exeter, 2010

BA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics, Queen Mary College, University of London, 2003
(Including a year at the University of Valencia, dissertation on multilingual society in Spain)

Commendation in the 2017 John Dryden Competition for Cinnamon
3rd Prize in the 2015 John Dryden Competition for The Porcelain Boy
3rd Prize in the 2011 John Dryden Competition for Cell 211 

• Member of the Translators Association (TA), part of the Society of Authors (SoA)
• Certified PRO.

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