Our graduates

Rachel Ward

Languages: German, French
Location: East of England

Rachel Ward is a freelance translator of literary and creative texts from German and French to English. Having always been an avid reader and enjoyed word games and puzzles, she discovered a flair for languages at school and went on to study Modern Languages at the University of East Anglia. She spent the third year working as a language assistant at two grammar schools in Saarbrücken, Germany. During her final year, she realised that she wanted to put these skills and passions to use professionally and applied for UEA’s MA in Literary Translation, which she completed in 2002. Her published translations for young people include Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang and Red Rage by Brigitte Blobel, and she is a Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

Rachel got involved with Translators in Schools after hearing about the programme two years ago because it combines her enthusiasm for translated children’s literature with a desire to inspire young people to love languages, reading and writing.

She lives in Norwich and blogs at She tweets as @FwdTranslations and can also be found at