Hello! I am Sally Bird (Mayhew), and I live and work in rural France, having moved here in 2007 with my husband and two young children. The main reason for this change of lifestyle was to live a less financially- motivated existence. We wanted to be able to do the things we really love which, for me, includes translation. So although it is my job, it is also my passion. I only work on projects and in areas that I am genuinely interested in.

 

Because I am not juggling as many projects as possible in order to make ends meet, I have enough time to give each job the attention it requires. I tend to work with few clients, over long periods of time: they know that I will respond promptly to their requests, and deliver their work when they need it.

 

I'm always very happy to talk your project through with you. I specialise in nonfiction translation, with a focus on art history, academic papers (psychoanalysis, psychology, social sciences), and the voluntary sector. If your project is in a field that is outside my technical expertise, I will tell you!

 

Here's a brief summary of my qualifications and experience, with a full cv and references available upon request: 

  

* a postgraduate Diploma in Translation (French to English), from the Chartered Institute of Linguists, London.

 

an honours degree from the University of Cambridge in History of Art, with a part one (the first two years of my degree) in French and Spanish.

 

* an MA in Modern British Art (distinction), from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. 

 

* self-employed translator and nonfiction writer in France since 2011, working with numerous individuals, charities and businesses. You can find further details of my clients, and sample translations, on my Portfolio page.

 

* self-published author of a series of dual-language books for young children, Tales from Couty, featuring the animals on my smallholding. These are available from www.couty.info

 

* councillor on the conseil municipal  of Badefols d'Ans since 2014.

 

* in England, I worked at The National Gallery of Art; as Development Manager of an adoption and fostering agency; and finally, as Director of a regeneration charity in North West London at the age of 27. In this role I was responsible for the launch of the country’s first ‘Floating Classroom’, a groundbreaking project exploring the ecology and history of London’s canals with inner city children.