About us

About the staff

We are a small organisation based at the Free Word Centre in London. Sarah Maguire, the Artistic Director, founded the PTC in January 2004. She was joined by Bern Roche Farrelly as Communications Manager and Administrator in 2015 and Erica Jarnes as Managing Director in 2016. The PTC was based at the School of Oriental & African Studies for the first two years. Now, thanks to Arts Council support, we’re a flourishing independent organisation and a registered charity.

Erica Hesketh (née Jarnes)

Erica Hesketh (née Jarnes)

Chief Executive Officer

Erica Hesketh joined the Poetry Translation Centre from English PEN, where she managed the Writers in Translation programme. She previously worked as an editor at Bloomsbury Publishing, a literary events programmer at Southbank Centre, and the book campaigns director at The Pigeonhole. She is also a musician and composer, working frequently with poems and poets in translation. She curates occasional Shared Readings at the Poetry Library, and serves on the editorial board of the translation journal In Other Words. She has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

What I do:

As CEO I'm responsible for running and leading the charity, reporting to our board of trustees, liaising with funders and supporters, and developing partnerships to keep the PTC flourishing well into the future. If you are interested to work with us, book us for an event, or be part of our story by becoming a PTC supporter, please feel free to email me!

You can contact Erica at erica@poetrytranslation.org.

Edward Doegar

Edward Doegar

Commissioning Editor

Edward Doegar is a poet, editor and critic based in London. His poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe) and Granta. He has written reviews and critical work for a wide range of publications including Poetry ReviewPrac Crit and Poetry Wales, and his translations have featured in Modern Poetry in Translation and Poetry London. He is a consulting editor at The Rialto, a fellow of The Complete Works and was general manager of the Poetry Society between 2013 and 2017. His pamphlet, For Now, was published by clinic in 2017.

You can contact Edward at ed@poetrytranslation.org.

Bern Roche Farrelly

Bern Roche Farrelly

Communications Manager

Bern Roche Farrelly is a writer, dramaturg and producer with ten years experience as an arts administrator. His work includes writing and directing Determine, a choose your own adventure style play set in a world without free will at The Yard Theatre in 2014. He produced The People Versus Democracy, an interactive theatre game for Hobo Theatre. Performed at London's Free Word Centre during the 2015 UK general Election the show was called 'A provocative piece of theatre' by RemoteGoat and received a five-star review from BritishTheatre.com. He was the dramaturg and producer of Freud The Musical, at the King's Head Theatre in 2016 & VAULT festival in 2018. He is a founding member of Working Birthday theatre company.

What I do

As Communications Manager I deal with the PTC’s social media accounts, mailing list, podcast and website. I also have responsibility for managing our data. If you have a press enquiry or want to talk to the PTC about cross-promotion I am the person to contact. I also run the PTC’s workshop programme so if you have questions about coming to our collaborative poetry translation workshops drop me a line

You can contact Bern at bern@poetrytranslation.org

Maddy Fogelman

Maddy Fogelman

Administrator

Maddy Fogelman is an arts producer, marketer and workshop facilitator who has held a variety of roles across the public, private and third sectors, promoting cultural literacy and engagement, often among with families and young people. She has a strong background in books and literature, having worked in independent bookshops for 13 years and later as an events producer for libraries.

What I do:

As Administrator I'm responsible for ensuring our staff, suppliers and artists get paid promptly and that our office stays organised and efficient. If you have a query regarding a payment or invoice from us just get in touch and I'll be happy to help.

Communications Manager

You can contact Maddy at maddy@poetrytranslation.org.

Hatice Cin (Tice)

Hatice Cin (Tice)

Digital and Communications Intern

Tice Cin joined Poetry Translation Centre from SAGE Publications, where she worked in the editorial department. She previously worked as an intern for Mira Trenchard Literary Scouting, managing properties at a local estate agents and facilitating poetry workshops around London. She is also a writer and Barbican Young Poets alumnus, having had her work commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral and featured in publications such as Skin Deep Magazine. Her work focuses on defamiliarising fixed narratives and fragmented voices. She is currently writing a novel set between Tottenham, North London and North Cyprus. She has a master's degree in English: Issues in Modern Culture from UCL.

What I do 

As the PTC Digital intern, I help with updating and improving the PTC website and managing the social media accounts by planning and executing promotional campaigns. I plan and generate new content for twitter and facebook and release the PTC's weekly podcast. I am also working behind the scenes to update the PTC's systems.

You can contact Hatice at hatice@poetrytranslation.org.