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A Way With Words specializes in translation, writing, and editing, with a focus on the Scandinavian languages.

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Dr. B.J. Epstein was born and raised in Chicago, in the United States. She holds a BA in literature and creative writing from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, USA, and an MFA in fiction from Queens University in North Carolina, USA. She received her Ph.D. in translation studies from Swansea University in Wales, following a number of years of living in Sweden. She now lives in England, where she is a lecturer in literature and translation at the University of East Anglia. She received an MA in higher education practice from the University of East Anglia.


B.J. is the author of many publications, including over 150 articles, short stories, essays, and reviews, and two books, Translating Expressive Language in Children’s Literature, which is based on her Ph.D. research, and Ready, Set, Teach, which is textbook for usage in English as a foreign language courses. She has also edited or translated many other books and was the editor of and a contributor to Northern Lights: Translation in the Nordic Countries, which was the first book to focus solely on the translation of the Nordic languages.



Her teaching at the university is primarily in three areas: translation studies, children’s literature, and queer literature and theory. She regularly gives lectures on these topics and others at conferences, schools, and libraries.



So what do you get when you hire B.J.? Well, as a translator, not only is she fluent in the Scandinavian languages and able to convey Scandinavian texts in English, but she also brings other skills to her work as well. As an academic, she understands the theoretical concepts behind the practice, and this informs how she translates, and also helps her explain her translatorial and editorial choices to you. Since she is an experienced writer and editor, you also get someone who can write well in English, who edits her work carefully and in great detail, and who ensures that each text is as good as possible before sending it to the customer. In short, because of her education and her years of experience and her passion for language, B.J. is able to provide translation, writing, editing, and consulting services at a different level than many others.