about me

I’ve loved languages for as long as I can remember. After graduating in French, German and a little Swedish, I worked in the UK office of a big French toy company, and I loved the occasional translation work that came my way. Assembly instructions, marketing materials, order/delivery/accounts problems, quality assurance issues… I dealt with them all.

After a few years as a full-time mum, I completed an MA in Translation at the University of Bristol. I loved almost every minute and it went really well: I ended up with a distinction. For the last year and a half I've been doing some fabulous freelance work, translating blogs and literature for shoe companies, both from German and from French, and among plenty of other things, a thermal resort website, when I found out that writing about massages is almost as relaxing as having one! In my spare time I’ve been doing plenty of volunteer translation, mostly for an amazing French charity who help out the most vulnerable people in countries all over the world. I’ve done plenty of technical translations for them, as well as some articles for their website. You can see some examples of my work here:

'La Chronique' - the charity's quarterly magazine

Field coordinator: a varied and challenging job

For a doctor in southern Iraq, no two days are the same

‘In Cameroon, the teams told me how they cleared paths with machetes'

Taking action to fight whooping cough in a Seine-Saint-Denis slum settlement

I’ve also done a little work for Sikana, who make educational videos with the aim of helping people to improve their lives by learning new skills. I’ve translated a few voiceovers for them; here’s one.

I have a passion for food and a vast collection of French, German and Swedish cookbooks and cookery magazines, and I often get confused when I realise other people can’t read the recipe I’m following.


My other half complains about my large pile of French, German, even Dutch magazines about art, needlework, dressmaking, embroidery and patchwork. As a result of it though, I have some rather eclectic vocabulary hidden away in my head; how many people do you know who are aware that a patchwork template is a ‘gabarit’ in French?

I also harbour a burning desire to get into literary translation: watch this space!

When I’m not lost in translation, I enjoy photography (another specialism of mine), and I occasionally take part in exhibitions with my framed textile art.

    2019, Jo Heinrich Translation