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. To read the conversations, go to https://talkingtranslation.org 

I have partnered with Grangetown Art Trail, Community Gateway and the Grangetown Pavilion to produce a cross-disciplinary exhibition inspired by the history of Grangetown. This includes a historic art trail around the Grange Pavilion wild flower gardens, writing workshops on the 15th of May 2021 and online activities developed with the year 5 at Grangetown Primary and now available for all other primary schools in the area. 

This is Not Who We Are

by Sophie Buchaillard

In 1994, two sixteen-year-old girls exchange an unlikely correspondence during the Rwandan genocide.


Twenty years later, Iris has become a mother and not knowing what happened to Victoria after the letters stopped haunts her. She starts to investigate and uncovers details of the responsibility the French government played in the genocide to further its own colonial aspirations; she comes to suspect her own father, a civil servant at the time; and to question whether her childhood correspondence was coincidental. As she does, she brings to life the experience of her penfriend, lending her voice to a girl whose family was chattered by the genocide and who spent a lifetime believing that forgiveness had the power to bring them back together.  

This Is Not Who We Are is a short historical novel exploring the danger of muffling the past, 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.