Sally Bird (Mayhew) is a qualified professional translator (DipTrans), working from French to English. She specialises in literary nonfiction, modern and contemporary art, and psychoanalysis, but also has long-term relationships with agencies throughout the world, for whom she provides regular, high quality translations of a general nature. 


She undertakes all sorts of editing and proofreading work, as well as creating content for websites, newsletters and marketing materials. 


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Projects have included the translation of a short story by Xavier Fourtou, published by Fauves Editions (Paris) in November 2020; a trilogy by the same author that traces the life of his maternal grandfather through the wars of 1870, 1914, and 1939; exhibition catalogues on The History of Congolese Painting, and the work of contemporary French artist Pierre Soulages. You can read samples of her work in her portfolio



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'Sally has always shown the highest professionalism in all possible ways.[...] I will definitely contact Sally for further translation projects...'  Xavier Fourtou, Author


'Thanks for your extremely efficient and professional response’  Jem Thomas, Albany


‘Un grand grand merci pour la réactivité et la qualité…'  Martine Heudron, Artviatic


'It has been a great pleasure working with you. You have always been helpful, easy to work with and conscientious – definitely one of the most reliable translators in my mind.' Pearl Lam, on her last day as project manager at Datasource International Translation Agency, Hong Kong




Sally is based in south west France and has been registered as a freelance worker under the French autoentrepreneur scheme since 2011 (siret no.53264738500022).



As a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, she adheres to its Code of Professional Conduct and is committed to a regular programme of Continued Professional Development (CPD) in order to maintain and develop her knowledge, skills and expertise.