About me

Profile_LOUISEI’m a British writer and translator from French, with a focus on art and heritage, literary and genre fiction, and literary non-fiction. I am the author of a monograph on Henri Matisse’s livres d’artiste, and the translator of ten novels, numerous short stories and over 30 non-fiction titles: art monographs, exhibition catalogues, decorative arts, interiors and lifestyle books, travel guides.

I hold an MA in English, literary translation and art history from the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College) and an MPhil. from the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), on poetry translation and French livres d’artiste.

Much of my work focuses on cultural heritage: from literature, artworks and monuments, to the intangible heritage that enhances everyday life around the world – decoration and textiles,  traditional crafts and skills, food, rituals, beliefs, stories, songs… a focus shared by my regular stable of non-fiction clients: leading French museums, cultural institutions, art and travel publishers, luxury houses, and private cultural foundations.

I worked as an editor and writer in book and magazine publishing in London (see ‘Other lives‘) before moving to France and gradually shifting to translation and research/writing.

Professional memberships

Society of Authors / UK Translators Association
Member since 2005, elected committee member, 2016-18.
Institute of Translation & Interpreting
Qualified member, by examination, 2001: specialist subject Art History.
Accredited external translator (by examination, 1999).

I can be reached by e-mail, and on Twitter:



3 comments on “About me

  1. artmoscow says:

    Hi, I discovered you on twitter when you liked my comment on mannerists and then I discovered your blog – and it is a rare pleasure! Plus, Matisse is one of my favourites. Even his tiniest work is worthy of an essay about it. Very nice to meet you!

    • Louise Rogers Lalaurie says:

      Thank you! I enjoyed your post about paintings of the ‘Rape of Europa’ – a subject treated by Matisse, including a drawing in one of hislivres d’artiste, discussed in my book.

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