Academic work & publishing

I completed an MPhil at the University of London Institute in Paris in January 2013. Examined by Professor Susan Bassnett (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Warwick) and Professor Eric Robertson of Royal Holloway, University of London, the thesis looks at the translation challenges posed by livres d’artistes – in particular Matisse’s Jazz and his Florilège des Amours de Ronsard. How does Matisse’s pictorial and decorative setting influence the translator’s choices in a new verse translation of poems by the 16th-century French poet Pierre de Ronsard?

‘…a highly original and intellectually rigorous piece of research that contains numerous valuable insights.’

Professors Susan Bassnett and Eric Robertson, June 2012.

My research interests include art history and translation studies – close reading, formal analysis, the interaction of text and image, and the interpretation and translation of hybrid visual and literary texts.

I’m currently researching and writing a book on Matisse’s livres d’artiste for Thames & Hudson Ltd.


‘Dancing on ropes with fettered legs: the rewards and challenges of translating livres d’artistes’, in Norwich Papers Vol. 21, University of East Anglia, November 2013.

Conference papers

‘Dancing on ropes with fettered legs: the rewards and challenges of translating livres d’artistes’, at It Gives Us the Other: Poetry and Translation, a conference and workday at the University of Nottingham, March 2011.


As part of a series of post-graduate workshops at ULIP in 2010/11, exploring the French extrême littéraire,  I lead a close reading and discussion of the work of self-styled Sadeian Gabrielle Wittkop, with students on ULIP’s Paris Studies MA programme.

Scholarly translations

I translate regularly for France’s Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), including scholarly abstracts for the institute’s journal Perspective and conference texts on topics including French art critic Pierre de Restany, and Korean artist Nam June Paik.

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