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TA Week: Industry Insider – Disability, Neurodiversity and Translation

2 November @ 14:30 - 15:30 GMT

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Most of us are well-familiar with the barriers facing deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people  in the creative professions. While conversations about these remain essential, they can overshadow a different, intriguing question: How do disability and neurodivergence influence and inform our craft?

Join editor and translator Tanya Gold and translators Paige Aniyah Morris, Clare Richards and Perween Richards, as they go beyond the issue of access to discuss the interactions at play in their work.

In conjunction with the Translators Association as part of the [email protected] Festival



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Tanya Gold. (5 mins)
  • Panel discussion with Paige Aniyah Morris, Clare Richards and Perween Richards, chaired by Tanya Gold (30 mins)
  • Comfort break (5 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (15 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (5 mins)


Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Disability, Neurodiversity and Translation’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The line-up 


Tanya Gold 

Tanya Gold (they/she) is a book editor, French to English translator and literary omnivore. They have been in publishing for about 20 years and have worked on all kinds of cool books. These days, they work on fiction, memoir, graphic novels, interactive stories and poetry. They also offer coaching and courses for editors. It has been suggested that they read too much for their own good. This might be true.


Paige Aniyah Morris

Paige Aniyah Morris is a writer and translator from Jersey City, New Jersey. The recipient of awards from the Daesan Foundation, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, the American Literary Translators Association, and the Fulbright Program, she is the translator of works by writers including Seo Jang-won, Chang Kang-myoung, Pak Kyongni, and co-translator with Emily Yae Won of Han Kang’s forthcoming We Do Not Part.


Perween Richards

Perween Richards is a literary translator from Arabic. She attended the Translate at City summer school in London in 2016 and was one of two winners of the school’s annual translation competition. She was awarded an English PEN Translates grant to translate The Sea Cloak, which was shortlisted for a Palestine Book Award and was listed as one of Books and Bao’s “10 Best Translated Books of 2019.” Perween is also a literary scout, working on book-to-screen development projects for producers in the MENA region.


Clare Richards

Clare Richards is an autistic Korean-English literary translator with a passion for access. She is a member of the Translators Association Committee and in 2022 set up the Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent Translators Network. Her upcoming publications including Kang Hwagil’s gothic thriller Another Person (Pushkin Press, 2023) and Park Min-jung’s short story Like a Barbie (Strangers Press, 2022).


Need to know 

Before the event

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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 60 minutes.

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place using the registration form below.

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2 November
14:30 - 15:30 GMT
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