About us

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.

Nashwa Gowanlock

Nashwa Gowanlock

Publisher

Nashwa Gowanlock is a writer, editor, and literary translator of Arabic literature. Her published book-length translations include the collaborative novel by nine refugee writers, Shatila Stories (Peirene Press), and a co-translation of Samar Yazbek’s memoir, The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria (Rider Books, PRH).

She has had poems and translations published widely in journals including Asymptote, The Common, Magma and The Other Side of Hope. She is the managing editor of Arablit.org and a contributing editor of ArabLit Quarterly. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and was awarded a mentorship with the British Centre for Literary Translation in 2014.

What I do:

As Publisher I oversee the PTC's publications, from the World Poet Series to single-author collections and the Sarah Maguire Prize anthology. I am always on the lookout for potential collaborations with poets and translators in the UK and beyond, and am keen to develop relationships with retailers, distributors and sales partners. If you'd like to discuss a creative or business partnership then please do get in touch!

You can contact Nashwa at nashwa@poetrytranslation.org.

Bern Roche Farrelly

Bern Roche Farrelly

Communications Programme 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 Programme 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.

You can contact Bern at bern@poetrytranslation.org

Nick Chapman

Nick Chapman

Events and Workshops Manager

Nick is an event producer who has been involved in the UK literary scene since interning with PEN International in 2010. Since then he has worked for the British Council, run International Translation Day and spent five years with visual arts organisation Artangel. Along with Sharmilla Beezmohun and Sarah Sanders, Nick runs Speaking Volumes, an organisation bringing attention to underrepresented writers and giving them a platform both here and overseas, most notably through their long-term Breaking Ground project for British writers of colour, and creating award-winning live work with individual artists.

What I do:

As Events and Workshops Manager, I organise events and tours for the poets and translators whose work the Poetry Translation Centre publishes, working in partnership with organisations, venues and festivals all over the UK. I also look after the practical elements of our translation workshop programme. If you would like to partner with us on event, or have a question about attending one of our workshops, get in touch.

You can contact Nick at nick@poetrytranslation.org

Maddy Fogelman

Office and Publications Manager

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 working 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 and arts teams.

What I do:

As Office and Publications Manager I'm responsible for ensuring our staff, suppliers and artists get paid promptly and that our office stays organised and efficient, as well as managing our book sales to both individual customers and bookshops. If you have a query regarding a payment, invoice or book order just get in touch and I'll be happy to help.

You can contact Maddy at maddy@poetrytranslation.org.