I’m very keen on literature for children and young adults, and I founded the Dutch chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 2008.
My background is in languages and literature. I studied medieval and modern languages at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, followed by a Master of Studies in European Literature. Then I went on to teach in various locations, including the universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Milan, before returning to university to take a Masters in English and Applied Linguistics at RCEAL and Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. I then lived in London for three years, where I took the postgraduate certificate in literary translation from Dutch into English at University College London in 2001-2002. The course reinforced my desire for a career in literary translation, which has enabled me to focus on my interest in literature and cultural exchange.
I’ve been a full-time literary translator since 2003, when I relocated to the Netherlands. I now live in a very tall, thin house on a canal in the centre of Amsterdam.