Annie Prime

Annie Prime


Creative Swedish to English translation.

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Dear friends,

I am a native English translator of Swedish and Finland-Swedish literary fiction.

Since receiving my MA in translation from University College London in 2013, I have worked continuously as a literary translator.

I currently have eleven published works, including The Red Abbey Chronicles trilogy by Maria Turtschaninoff, which has been nominated for the Marsh Award for Translation, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the International Dublin Literary Award.

I have worked on everything from The Moomins to brutal gangster noir, and I pride myself on my ability to adapt to different genres. I have also worked as a commercial translator, copy-editor and proofreader for many years.

As a writer, I am highly sensitive to metaphor, imagery, structure and voice. My preferred texts are those with a touch of magic and mystery; where the words point to an unspoken underlying truth. For this reason I especially enjoy fantasy, mythology, crime, children’s and young adult fiction, sci-fi, philosophy, and esotericism.

My background in academia has fortified me with a sound understanding of philosophical, social anthropological and theoretical texts, particularly those regarding feminist issues.
I also like a challenge and enjoy being creative with humour, wordplay and rhyme. In conclusion, I delve where other translators fear to tread, and have a lot of fun along the way.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Selected Publications

The UndeadEgerkrans, Johan. The Undead.

B. Wahlströms, 2019.

Illustrated anthology of mythical monsters and legends surrounding death and the undead from cultures around the world.

Maresi Red MantleTurtschaninoff, Maria. Maresi Red Mantle.

Pushkin Press, 2019.

YA feminist fantasy fiction. Third instalment of The Red Abbey Chronicles.

Christmas Comes to MoominvalleyHaridi, Alex. Christmas Comes to Moominvalley.

Pan Macmillan, 2018.

Picture book re-telling of a Tove Jansson classic. First instalment of the five-book Back to Jansson series.

SluggerHolmen, Martin. Slugger.

Pushkin Press, 2018.

Brutal gangster noir set in 1930s Stockholm. Third instalment of the Stockholm Trilogy.

My Little SmallStark, Ulf. My Little Small.

Enchanted Lion Press, 2018.

Swedish children’s picture book. Honoured as one of World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2018.

The Grand ExpeditionAdbage, Emma. The Grand Expedition.

Enchanted Lion Press, 2017.

Swedish children’s picture book.

Koko & BoAdbage, Lisen. Koko & Bo.

Enchanted Lion Press, 2017.

Swedish children’s picture book.

NaondelTurtschaninoff, Maria. Naondel.

Pushkin Press, 2017.

Feminist YA fantasy fiction. Nominated for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award. Second instalment of The Red Abbey Chronicles.

MaresiTurtschaninoff, Maria. Maresi.

Pushkin Press, 2016.

Feminist YA fantasy fiction. Nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, and long-listed for the Marsh Award for translation. First instalment of The Red Abbey Chronicles.