Sarah's Attic

Sarah's Attic is officially open


Hello one and all,


Blogging is suspended for the time being as I channel my energy into developing the Professional Development offer of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting in my new position as Vice Chair.


A great deal of work is going on behind the scenes to offer better CPD for qualified and advanced translators within the Institute so keep an eye on developments via the ITI website.


Warmest regards, S

Presentation from Uni of Westminster careers day
My background and pros and cons of in house v. freelance translation
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Current projects

Translation Nation Phase Four


The Translation Nation project has been run in and around London and the South-East for three years now Eastside Educational Trust the Stephen Spender Trust.


Initial sessions in London and Brighton extended out to Portsmouth this year, and the successful story-based approach in primary schools is now complemented by a subtitling workshop for secondary students.


See the Translation Nation website for further details.


See what Michael Rosen had to say about the project on BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth or his comments about Sparrow Farm School where I ran a session.


ITI Spanish Network Mentoring Scheme


The Spanish Network have completed the third round of the mentoring scheme for new translators and we are preparing for round four. 


We offer 6 x 1 hours sessions of mentoring for novice translators by seasoned professionals over the course of a year to ITI members who are also members of the Spanish Network.


If you think you need this sort of input, then sign up to ITI.

Useful links

Here are some valuable links that I find useful in the threads of my portfolio. Enjoy!




Institute of Translation and Interpreting professional body for translators and interpreters in the UK and beyond


Chartered Institute of Linguists professional body for linguists in the UK and beyond


La Linterna del Traductor multilingual online journal of Spanish Translators' Association ASETRAD


Translation Journal a periodical produced by leading professional translators include Gabe Bokor, Chris Durban, Jost Zetzsche and Cathy Flick amongst others


Translation Prizes on Offer


Society of Authors Translation Prizes


Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Prize




EU Interinstitutional style guide (free)  


UNICEF editorial manual (free)  


Chicago manual of style (offers free trial period)


European Union clear writing Fight the Fog campaign and clear writing guide (available in 23 languages)


EU translating and drafting resources





Routes into Languages - Some great resources for encouraging the learning of languages and building a broader view of what languages can offer students 


Languages Work - For those interested in a career using their languages this page offers a list of agencies recruiting linguists


Translator and Editor CPD


Mediterranean Editors and Translators - A not for profit society that enables professionals in these fields to share expertise and experience with their peers. Offers excellent training opportunities at reasonable prices and encourages members to become involved in CPD for the good of themselves and the profession


eCPD - A recently created company offering web-based training for translators, interpreters and other professional linguists, offers fantastic flexibility and an excellent quality of speakers


Society for Editors and Proofreaders


American Translators Association Online Learning


Medical Writing


European Medical Writers Association Professional Development Programme