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.
Chief Executive Officer
Erica Jarnes 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.
Bern Roche Farrelly is an artist and theatre maker with ten years experience as an arts administrator. In 2014 he wrote and directed Determine at The Yard Theatre and exhibited his artwork Appendicitis at Transition Gallery, London. He has produced Freud The Musical at The King's Head Theatre and the election themed theatre game The People Vs Democracy at The Free Word Centre.
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.