The shelf life of a translator

I’ve just had a fine time at the annual Vertaaldagen, the literary translation symposium and workshop days organised by the Vertalershuis in Amsterdam. The symposium day, held this year in the beautiful cultural centre De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, focused on the...

My office and the big world out there

Working as a freelance translator can be a somewhat lonely existence. You want some praise? Well, there’s always the freelance thanks website. Clickety click! Works Christmas lunch for one? I’ve done it. And I actually rather enjoyed it. Even so,...

What I Did Last Summer

Well, it’s the beginning of September and I have that back-to-school feeling. New pencil case! And books! Hoorah! That said, I’ve been rather busy with school this summer too… I took part in a fascinating weekend workshop for literary translators in...

Amsterdam-Brasilia-Chandigarh

A lovely evening at Architectura & Natura bookshop on Leliegracht in Amsterdam for the launch of Iwan Baan’s photography book Brasilia-Chandigarh: Living with Modernity, published by Lars Müller. I translated “Ex Nihilo: A Tale of Two Cities”, a...