We are thrilled to announce the 2017 [Foreign Affairs] Translates! participants. This year we will be exploring plays from Japan, China and Finland. We look forward to sharing three new playwrights from around the world.

Theatre that knows no borders!

Nozomi Abe

Currently, I am writing up my PhD thesis titled ‘Translationese Revisited – A Heightened Theatrical Language for English-Language Theatre’ at University of East Anglia. I am also a theatre practitioner, who has worked both in Japan and in the UK. I do almost everything involved in theatre-making, except for acting. I am passionate about theatre and translation, and always up for creative adventures.

How many languages do you speak?
Only English and Japanese.

What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
I love Edinburgh because ideas somehow come down from the sky (with the rain).

Please tell us a random fact about yourself?
I started ballet as an adult and now I am a proud owner of a pair of point shoes. (I can’t do much but I can stand…)

Lani Calvert

I graduated from the University of Manchester last year with a First in Chinese Studies. Since then, I have interned in a translation firm in China and worked full time as a translator and proof reader for a company in Manchester, as well as undertaken further language study in Taiwan.

Theatre (particularly the musical variety) has been my main interest throughout school and university and I am looking forward to combining my two passions through this project.

How many languages do you speak?
English and Chinese (Mandarin).

What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Hong Kong. I lived there between the ages of one and six, and every time I go back to visit, it always has the same electric atmosphere that I remember from being a child. It’s also got an incredible balance between city and nature, and you’re never more than a boat ride away from a beach.

Please tell us a random fact about yourself?
I can rap the majority of 50 Cent’s The Massacre album.

Liisa Muinonen-Martin

I am a translator from Finnish and Swedish to English. Originally from Finland, I have lived in the UK for the past two decades. I trained at Edinburgh University and have worked as a translator for 10 years. I utterly love translation, whether I’m doing it to keep body and soul together, in pursuit of creative ambitions or just for a bit of idle fun while loading the dishwasher/queuing at the supermarket/cleaning the toilet.

How many languages do you speak?
Finnish, English, Swedish and German.

What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
As someone permanently torn between two countries, I really wish I knew.

What’s your hidden talent?
My (truly) hidden talent seems to be my effortless and instinctive knack for Italian. I speak it fluently and with relish in my dreams at night.