I have been translating since 1998 and ventured into literary translation in 2014, when Litro published my first short story. Since then I have published numerous short novels, picture and educational books, two YA novels (one with a Scottish publisher!), a few non-fiction titles and I am currently working on a new epic adventure novel for young readers. My work as a literary scout has seen my translations featured in anthologies and guides on outstanding international fiction for young readers. I write a blog (not often enough) about inclusive children’s books, spent two years training for the Translators in Schools program with the Stephen Spender Trust, work with local libraries to promote reading in the community when I'm out in Italy, perform as a storyteller in Italian and English, and collaborate with the Italian Children Writers Association, Outside In World, and a literary agency publishing strong voices for young readers. I have maintained my ties with the broader translation profession serving as coordinator of the ITI's (Institute for Translation and Interpreting) Italian Network and am currently working with a group of Edinburgh-based translators to set up a collaborative "Translation Room" for Scottish translators and interested publishers.
A bit about my organisational mission/the work that I do...(75-250 words)
I translate (from Italian) books, primarily for children, but also non-fiction and fiction for adults. I also do creative translation, copywriting and business storytelling for Italian organisations and little literary scouting. My aim is to bring diverse Italian children's literature to the attention of UK publishers in the hope that more of it will get translated for English language readers, and help to close the enormous gap regarding international literature translated into English in the UK (only 4%!!). My second goal is to eventually create (along with 3 other colleagues based in Edinburgh) a translation community, in collaboration with Scottish publishers and creative institutions, with a physical space in which we can co-work, hold workshops, author events, readings, and promote each other's work.