Suzanne was born and lived in the Netherlands until the age of 18 when she moved to London to study drama. Whilst in college, she was approached for her first translation job: translating Dutch comic strips for Marvel Comics. This was during the pre-PC age and required handwriting the text in tippexed-out speech balloons on photocopied pages of the original.
Following her degree, she worked for a few years as an administrator for performing arts companies, and as Front-of-House Manager at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton. Alongside this work, which was part-time, she began to develop her freelance translating career in earnest. Early assignments included translating entries about Dutch artists and architects for the Dictionary of Art (NL-EN) and infomercial voice-over scripts. She sat the CIoL Diploma in Translation in 1989, the year it was launched, specialising in humanities and literature.
Not long after, she acquired her first Apple Mac (the Classic II), and this plus the DipTrans enabled her to jump in at the deep end and become a full-time Dutch-English language specialist. A wealth of interesting projects ensued, in both language combinations, and in a variety of fields.
Interested in literature, she was delighted to be able to do a post-graduate course in literary translation from Dutch into English at UCL in 2001-02. Now an endorsed as a literary translator (NL-EN) by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, she now prioritises projects in this field.
Fully bilingual, she has a nuanced understanding and command of both Dutch and English language and cultures. In addition she is approachable, flexible and professional. Being trustworthy and maintaining the strictest confidentiality is a given in dealings with all clients; she often works with highly classified material.
A keen cyclist, she was a local activitist and Trustee of the London Cycling Campaign during the 1990s. During the early part of this century, she was an active committee member of The Friends of Kennington Park.
Nowadays, to keep mind, body and soul together, she cycles around London, walks with her fox terrier Betty, cultivates her allotment in Herne Hill, and attends theatre, opera and classical concerts.
She is also an accomplished photographer. Examples of her work can be found under photography.
Endorsed by the Dutch Foundation for Literature
Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
Full counter-terrorism clearance
from the Metropolitan Police Service
College Certificate in Literary Translation
from Dutch into English
Diploma in Translation
BA Drama & Classical Studies