Kieran O'Driscoll

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation Languages lecturer (ESOL, French); researcher (Translation Studies) and professional translator.
Location Dublin North, Dublin 11, Dublin, Ireland
Introduction PhD in Translation Studies (French-English literary retranslation history and multiple causality of translation outcomes); MA in Translation Studies (French-English); BA in French, Spanish and Business; National Diploma in Business Studies (French, Spanish and Marketing); TEFL- qualified and qualifications in Public Administration and Music (piano). Literary translator, lecturer and teacher of French and Translation Studies/Comparative Literature.
Interests Reading English and French literature from many different eras, in both original and translated forms; reading French and English-language press; researching translation and popular literature; creative writing; cinema; theatre.
Favorite Movies Titanic; The Lord of the Rings trilogy; The Hobbit trilogy; In the Bedroom; Mamma Mia; Goodbye Mr Chips; Dead Man Walking; Brokeback Mountain; Ordinary People; Fatal Attraction; The Mark of an Angel; The Sound of Music; Mary Poppins.
Favorite Music Pop music from the sixties, seventies and eighties. Also choral music, classical music, the piano music of Chopin, musical theatre of the 20th century, reggae.
Favorite Books Too many to mention, but some favourites, randomly selected, include Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway' (I'm now hoping to read other novels by this experimental novelist of the early 20th century, as i've enjoyed 'Dalloway'); Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy'; all of the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket series; Susanne Clarke's 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell'; anything by the French writers (contemporary) Annie Ernaux, Philippe Labro, Didier van Cauwelaert; the works of Philip Pullmann, e.g. the 'Northern Lights' and 'Sally Lockhart' series; Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'; anything by Richard Dawkins and Simon Blackburn; French folktales and French children's literature; Charles Dickens' novels. French novels by such authors as André Gide; Marcel Proust; Gustave Flaubert; Emile Zola; Jules Verne; Guy de Maupassant; Michel Houllebecq; Grégoire Bouiller. The children's books of Joan Lennon as rendered into French, especially the Ely/Wicket chronicles; Patrick Chamoiseau; Azouz Begag; William Butcher; Michael Glencross; currently reading Philip Pullman's 'The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ' and the French translation 'Marley et moi'.

If you were a wrestler, what would be your finishing move?

Catching a good-looking guy in a shoulder lock.