I was born in Britain and grew up in New Zealand. I qualified as a radiographer and then practised in New Zealand and Australia while working towards a BA, majoring in French. After a stint teaching English in Paris, I completed an MA in literary translation at Victoria University of Wellington, and then went to the University of Cambridge for my PhD in French. I received my doctorate in 2002, and since then have combined having a family with freelance work as a translator, editor, project manager and university lecturer.

When I’m not poring over texts, I love to make music: I play violin with the Klezmer Rebs and volunteer as a music therapist at the Marsden Club, a day facility for people with memory loss.

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