I am a writer and translator based in Norwich, England. Since finishing a degree in Russian in 2007 – studying for a year in the towns of Yaroslavl and Tver – I have worked and travelled in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe.
For three years as a market analyst at the wine & spirits research agency The IWSR I visited 11 countries – Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – to meet with alcohol companies, and write insight reports about consumer trends.
I have spent every spare moment travelling in these places, from little-known cities to remote wildernesses. I understand the cultures and histories of each of the former Soviet republics.
Before this I spent eight years as an in-house Russian translator and English-language proofreader – in Kiev, Ukraine at the international law firms Volkov & Partners and Beiten Burkhardt (2007-2010), then at Adam Smith Conferences in London, working on conferences in the CIS region for the oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, banking, mining and other industries (2011-2015).
I also take on freelance translation projects. Since 2010 I have worked for the Russian state shipping company PAO Sovcomflot, for private companies in Moscow, and have translated hundreds of pages of legal materials for British High Court cases. I have acted as a proofreader for the Astana International Financial Centre in Kazakhstan.
I am just as involved with creative projects. In 2019 I translated the novel ‘Skaz stoletnego stepnyaka’ by the Kazakh author Bayangali Alimzhanov. In 2020 I translated a collection of poems by the Russian poet Ekaterina Khlebnikova, and some writing by Natalya Stepanova, the ‘Siberian spirit-healer’. I proofread books for Glagoslav Publications in the Netherlands.
As a freelance writer and journalist I write about travel and culture in the Eurasia region for Lonely Planet, Bradt Travel Guides and Open Central Asia magazine. In the past I have been a features writer for Ukraine International Airlines’ in-flight ‘Panorama‘ magazine, Russia Beyond the Headlines, The Calvert Journal and IWSR Magazine, among others. I have also written about football in Russia and the CIS for the magazines Futbolgrad and Football Weekends.
My longform writing has been published in three books: ‘The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World’ (2009 – a story about a train journey with a Chechen family); the 2014 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (a report of a cricket tournament in Uzbekistan); and in the Bradt Travel Guides anthology ‘Kidding Around’ (2019 – a story about a trip to Bulgaria with my son).
In 2019 two of my photographs, from Almaty and Tashkent, were displayed at the exhibition ‘Daily Lives in Central Asia’ at the BOZAR gallery in Brussels, Belgium, organised by the European Union’s ‘SEnECA’ project. My photography has also been included in the exhibition ‘Artworks of Eurasia’ by the Eurasian Creative Guild, and published in the book ‘Remarkable Cricket Grounds’ (2016).
To discuss ways to work together, write to me at email@example.com.