I have a bit of a thing about Berlin (who doesn’t?), with my ongoing, ever-expanding research project on contemporary German prose set in Berlin. So far this has spun off into a translation project (Berlin Tales, OUP 2009) and side-interests in Berlin films, short stories, and English-language texts set in Berlin (thanks to my PhD student who works on this, and has done more to dent my bank balance and Amazon account than a year’s worth of newspaper reviews of literature).
My other current focus is the 2009 Nobel prize winner Herta Müller – I wrote my DPhil on her work (plus two other authors, Libuše Moníková and Kerstin Hensel) once upon a long time ago, and at the moment I’m co-editing a volume of essays on her.
I’m currently Secretary of Women in German Studies, and a member of the Translators Association.