Interview

As a member of a local group of translators (ITI WRG), I have recently taken part in our “Ask a Member” activity. Here is the interview. Read on to see what I’m up to outside of my box-standard duties!

Our ASK A MEMBER series continues! Every Monday we publish a new WRG member profile, in order to showcase our colleagues’ skills, talents and passions. Read on!
This week, we hear from 𝑲𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝑳𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒙.
You can contact Karine at www.linguistic-alchemy.co.uk

𝑾𝒉𝒐 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖? 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒅𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆/𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌?
My name is Karine Leroux. I live and work in Bristol.

𝑻𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅/𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓? 𝑰𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒔?
I’m a translator working from French into English and from English into French.

𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒊𝒆𝒍𝒅𝒔?
Mostly visual arts, and culture / tourism by extension, as well as psychology.

𝑻𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉𝒔.
One of my favourite psychology clients is a psychotherapist who works on laterality issues (mainly left-handed and left-eyed people). She’s recently revamped her website so some sections needed translating or updating. Her texts are always so interesting! I learn a lot of fascinating things and it makes me more aware of how some people function.

𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒗𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏?
A strange project that came my way was from a translation agency. It was for the translation of a database and a website for the online sale of sex toys and other related items. I declined. They then asked whether I thought it would be acceptable to translate such texts at all. I replied that their agency had to decide for themselves whether they wished to be associated with and support such an industry.

𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒔 𝒑𝒂𝒚 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒔?
Art books and catalogues for publishers, galleries and museums make the bulk of my income.

𝑻𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒅 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒓.
It would probably be when I translated my first art book and received a copy of it a few months later with my name printed in it.

𝑻𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒖𝒔 2 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝑪𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕.
I love Bristol for its independent spirit and can-do attitude. People undertake the changes they want to see happen. Another reason is that it is environmentally ahead of many British cities, with all sorts of smart initiatives and good cycling infrastructures, despite the hills!

𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒆𝒍𝒔𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒌𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅?
When I was between 8 and 10, my father lived in Concarneau, on the south-west coast of Brittany. At the bottom of the road, the costal path ran all the way to the old medieval walled town, with granite boulders tumbling into the sea below the path. Weather willing, my dog and I were always out there, and I remember spending hours sitting on the rocks, looking out at the Atlantic and thinking about the countries that shared that great ocean. A couple of years ago, I was taken back to the place when I translated a whole special issue on Concarneau and the artistic heritage of the area for an art magazine.

𝑨𝒏𝒚 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒅𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒑𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒓 𝒂 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒇𝒊𝒆𝒍𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒅 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒊𝒏?
As an art specialist, I’m also a keen photographer, but running two businesses would be too demanding, so my artistic aspirations are very modest. Having said that, I have been short-listed in a couple of competitions and I was commissioned for the revamp of my yoga teacher’s website as she liked my photographic style. Intriguingly, the more I focus on my photography, the more I seem to receive photography projects to translate!

Thank you, Karine!

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