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 nose 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!).