Alison Layland (trans.)
Alison Layland is a freelance translator from French, German and Welsh into English. She graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a BA in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and Modern & Medieval Languages. She is also a full member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, Society of Authors and an Associate of the Welsh Academi. She won the Oxfam Cymru 2010 Translation Challenge with a translation of a short story by Yanick Lahens; this led to a translation of a novel, The Colour of Dawn, by the same author. In addition to her translations, Layland is a published writer of her own works, including short stories and novels. Her first novel, Someone Else's Conflict was published in 2014. Born in Newark, Layland has lived in various parts of the UK, but settled in mid-Wales in 1997. Layland's passion lies in language: she won Welsh Learner of the Year in the 1999 National Eisteddfod and is currently teaching herself Croatian.