Translation into English from Swedish, French, Spanish

Specialist areas include

Social Sciences Plays & Novels
Fashion & Lifestyle
Tourism & Travel  Fine Art, Decorative Art
Academic Theses Songs & Music Related
Education     Sports and Leisure
General Business


Publications include

Plaza – Online Lifestyle Magazine   (Swedish-English)

Azimuth270 - Illustrated book relating a round-the -world trip in a light aircraft (French-English)

A Swedish Decorative Arts Legacy, Swedish National Museum, Stockholm (Swedish-English)

Red Light, a play by Stig Larsson, Norvik Press, (Swedish-English)

La Luna, musical by Jose Maria Cano, Spanish "Rock Star", recorded by Placido Domingo, (Spanish-English)

Prehistoric Diseases in Europe, Sorbonne Doctoral Thesis, (French-English)

Where the World Meets, (Video voiceover script), Taipei International Convention Centre, Taiwan. (Collaboration)

The Frieze of Life: Edvard Munch, The National Gallery, London (Norwegian-English)

Oilgate  a novel by Christian Lönnqvist, (Swedish-English)

Other translations for

•    National Gallery, London
•    Radio Sweden
•    Svenska Handelsbanken
•    Swedish Army
•    Banque Nationale de Paris
•    Ortivus AB  (Annual Reports)
•    Swedish Government Departments (various)
•    Linköping University (Website material)
•    Norvik Press
•    Scala Books, London
•    Moderna Museet, Stockholm
•    Post-graduate students, University of London
•    Space 360 (Translation Agency, Sweden)
•    Textservice AB (Translation Agency)

Special Features
Very flexible deadlines - very short notice requests happily accepted
Professional experience of work in specialist areas
Direct contact & consultation with native speakers
Experience of editing and proof reading for publishing houses & translators

Translation Software  MemoQ

Systems Mac & Windows

Payment options Paypal accepted


Duncan has been a freelance translator since 1983, when he graduated from the University of Surrey with an honours degree in Linguistics, specialising in translation.
Upon graduating Duncan began his work as a freelance translator, which he has continued until the present day. He also began to conduct research and teach translation workshops at the Centre for Translation Studies at the University of Surrey, including lecturing in practical translation on the MA in Translation Studies. Duncan studied under and then worked alongside celebrated translators Professor Gunilla Andermann (author: Europe on Stage - Translation and Theatre) and Professor Peter Newmark (author: Approaches to Translation).
Duncan then spent time living and working in France, Sweden, Spain and Turkmenistan - work included car sales (Citroen, Paris), healthcare services (Sweden), teaching English (Barcelona, London), EU aid project leader (Ashkabad, Turkmenistan).
Returning to England Duncan taught management training seminars to corporate clients such as L'Oreal, Deutsche Bank, NHS.
Subsequently Duncan trained as an actor and now regularly appears on the professional stage, specialising in classical theatre, improvised comedy and musical theatre.
The "flexible" diary of an actor perfectly dovetails with the profile of a versatile and adaptable freelance translator. The combination ensures an alert and motivated translator.


BSc Hons Linguistic & International Studies
(Major – French, Swedish & Economics) 2:1
University of Surrey
Awarded 1983

A Level French - A
A Level Maths - A
A Level Gen Studies - A

Professional Training

Postgraduate Diploma in Acting
Drama Studio London
Awarded 1996

RSA Dip. Tefla
Moray House College
Awarded 1988


Mother Tongue
Spanish Fluent
Swedish Fluent
French Fluent
Norwegian     Fluent reading
German Conversational
Italian     Conversational
Thai Conversational

Other Special Interests & Skills

Extensive travel on 5 continents

History, esp. Shakespeare, the English language
Piano, Guitar & Singing
Professional Actor
Sport.  Football, tennis, cricket rugby, baseball etc