Alison Layland – writer of fiction; translator from German, French, Welsh into English

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The Colour of Dawn
by Yanick Lahens

Alison Layland, MITI

I am a skilled freelance translator with more than 20 years’ experience, providing quality translations for a wide range of companies. I translate from German, French and Welsh into English, and am a full member of the ITI and the Society of Authors.

A former Chartered Surveyor, I am also a published novelist and short story-writer. The skills learned in both areas are important in helping me to convey the right register in a translation, whether it’s a practical information text requiring precision and technical understanding, or a work of literary fiction requiring close attention to the author’s voice.

Areas of expertise include: literary translation, travel and tourism, marketing, building and architecture, business texts, contracts. Clients include: translation agencies, publishers, tourist boards, holiday companies, construction companies, civil engineers and manufacturers.

Technical information: I use translation memory software MemoQ to ensure consistency and accuracy.

I won the Translators’ House Wales – Oxfam Cymru 2010 Translation Challenge with the translation of a short story by Haitian author Yanick Lahens, and was subsequently commissioned to translate the novel The Colour of Dawn (La Couleur de l’Aube) by the same author. I took part in the Translation Challenge again in 2012 for the fascinating 26 Treasures project, with my translation of a poem by Tony Bianchi appearing in the beautiful book that accompanied it.

To find out if I can help you with your translation needs, please email me on

Some of my published translations:


Julie’s Butterfly
by Greta Milán

Cabins, Dens and Bolt Holes

by Frank Roots

Short Story: Madness Came with the Rain
by Yanick Lahens


Just Desserts

by Ralf Kabelitz


by Gilles Trehin

The Scent of Lavender
by Margot S Baumann

Raven Sisters
by Gabi Kreslehner

The Moonlit Garden
by Corina Bomann

Storm Rose
by Corina Bomann