Old Books

Articles, essays, upcoming workshops and more.

In 2021, I am partnering with authors, translators, journalists, publishers, historians and community organisers to blend words with other forms of expression, through a number of exciting projects, including:

Talking Translation


Periscopes for the Past

I will also collaborate with digital creatives to explore the future of the book, and the place of digital writing in how we make sense of the world. 

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Talking Translation is an exciting project with Parthian Books looking to showcase the work of translation. 

Parthian Books commissioned writers, editors and organisers to sit down with a translator and delve into every aspect of what they do, looking at old and new releases along the way. Throughout 2021, they will be sharing those interviews and essays online – freely available for anyone to read. 


The aim is for these conversations to help spark some interest in the important work of translating good stories into new languages – as well as celebrate some of the brilliant books translated over the years.

In 2021, I will be partnering with Grangetown Art Trail, Community Gateway and the Grangetown Pavilion to produce a cross-disciplinary exhibition inspired by the history of Grangetown. This will include a historic art trail around the Grange Pavilion wild flower gardens, writing workshops and activities for children from the local primary school.

This is Not Who We Are

by Sophie Buchaillard

My debut novel, THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE is a short literary fiction about how the most unlikely of correspondence between two teenage girls, during the 1994  Rwandan genocide, bound the fate of two very different women for decades to come.   

After Victoria witnesses the massacre of Tutsi children perpetrated by a group of men including her brother, she is forced to flee Kigali (Rwanda) leaving her parents behind. In the refugee camp of Goma (Zaïre) with her younger brother Paul, she starts a correspondence with Iris, a teenage girl living in Paris, facilitated by a Sister in the camp.  

One day, Victoria's letters stop and Iris never finds out what became of her pen-friend. Two decades later, Iris, now a journalist, is determined to uncover the truth. 

This Is Not Who We Are is a novel about the danger of silence and the power of forgiveness. 

"I set out on a journey, but the geography would not stay still, and I ended up somewhere I hadn't intended going."

Richard Gwyn

©2020 by Sophie Buchaillard. Photos by Piotr Skoczylas.