Hello! I am Sally Bird (Mayhew), and I live and work in France, having moved here in 2007 with my husband and two young children. 

 

I'm always very happy to talk your project through with you. An important part of good translation is that the translator has a thorough knowledge of the subject; this is why 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.

 

* a first class Masters in Modern British Art, from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. 

 

* self-employed translator and teacher in France since 2011, working with numerous individuals, charities and businesses, including:

 

            French psychoanalyst Xavier Fourtou, translating An Ordinary Grandfather, a trilogy of books                          following his family as it lives through the three wars of 1870, 1914 and 1939.

 

           Artviatic, Paris - an online platform for buying and selling high end twentieth century art.

 

            En Chêne, a traditional oak-frame business based in the Dordogne (www.enchene.com)

 

           Albany Associates, London - project reports from French-speaking African nations for the UN

 

           Moulin de Chaves, Dordogne, a buddhist retreat centre (www.moulindechaves.org)

 

           Perigord Property, Dordogne, an anglophone property company (www.perigordproperty.co.uk)

 

           Grandchamp Immobilier, Dordogne, a family-run estate agency

 

* 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.