SWET Talk Shop Online, July 26 (Sun.), via Zoom: Wordsmiths of Yokohama

Guests: Ruth and John McCreery, Richard Medhurst, and Louise Heal Kawai
Moderator: Frank Walter

Time held: 9:30 a.m.–12:00 noon JST (main talk started at 10:00)
We were pleased to welcome four wordsmiths residing in Yokohama for our July SWET Talk Shop Online. We met again on a Sunday morning Japan time to accommodate participants from other parts of the world as much as possible. After a 15–20-minute interview with each guest speaker, we opened up the meeting for Q&A and discussion. Now we are working on posting the video for SWET members to view.

Ruth and John McCreery provide high-quality writing, translation, and other word services through their company, The Word Works, founded in 1984. They work with publishers, museums, ad agencies, market researchers, financial institutions, government agencies, and non-profits.

Richard Medhurst translates, edits, and sometimes writes for the news and culture website Nippon.com. He is also the author of Word Wise, a series of articles on translating tricky terms at the SWET website (https://swet.jp/columns/C40).

Louise Heal Kawai has lived in Yokohama for five years. Born and educated in the UK, she teaches at Waseda University and translates literature. Her translations include Ms Ice Sandwich, by Mieko Kawakami (2017) and The Honjin Murders, by Seishi Yokomizo (2019).

Frank Walter is a translator and editor at Export Japan.

(List photo: “DSC01789” by Marufish is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)