Headshot: Ashley Garrels

I was besotted with words from a young age and, accordingly, my childhood was marked by near-daily visits to the local library and requests for book tokens with the approach of every birthday. I grew up plucking the distinctive yellow spines of Reclam novels from our household bookshelves, frowning at the strange and unknown language between the pages. I experienced my first German lesson at secondary school, aged eleven, and the rest, as they say, is Geschichte. Every day I pinch myself that I am able to spend my working life immersed in the world of language I have always loved.

I went on to study German at the University of Bristol and spent my year abroad teaching English in secondary schools in Regensburg, Bavaria. I knew I’d probably have to become a professional sentence-wrangler when I realised how much I loved marking student papers, purely for the opportunity to proof my poor pupils’ syntax and scribble full-scale paragraph rewrites in the margins.

After graduating with a First, I cut my teeth as an editorial professional working in the fast-paced world of magazine publishing, formerly as in-house translator and staff writer at Bauer Media, latterly as a subeditor for Tesco Magazine. My experience in publishing has equipped me with an aquiline eye for detail, a no-fuss approach to deadlines and a devotion to the very highest standards.

On the rare occasions when my noseĀ isn’t buried in a dictionary, you’re most likely to find me taking long weekend walks with my camera in hand or nurturing herbs and vegetables in my container garden (with varying degrees of success!).

Interested in working together? Send me an email today at [email protected] or connect with me on LinkedIn.