About The starling bureau


The Starling Bureau is a London-based collective of literary translators bringing top quality books to publishers, and providing related expertise and resources.

Combining knowledge, experience and skills across seven languages, we pitch books we love to English-language publishers, as well as offer consultancy services and information about funding and promotional opportunities.

The Starling Bureau was founded in 2017 by Zoë Perry, Roland Glasser, Morgan Giles, Paul Russell Garrett, and Ruth Clarke. Collaborating to find the world’s best literature, we work from Danish, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish. If we can’t help with the particular language you’re looking for, we can put you in touch with one of our reliable contacts.



BOOKS we're pitching

  Veronica Stigger 's award-winning debut novel from Brazil,  Opisanie świata    

Veronica Stigger's award-winning debut novel from Brazil, Opisanie świata


Fellini goes to the tropics [in] a strange and surreal journey to the heart of the Amazon.
— Gazeta do Povo
  Yoriko Shono 's anarchic, stylish romp from Japan,  Konpira.    

Yoriko Shono's anarchic, stylish romp from Japan, Konpira.


Congratulations, Ms Shono. You’ve given the specter of modern literature its last rites, as only you could.
— Gen'ichiro Takahashi
  Hanne Kvist 's touching children's book from Denmark,  Drengen med sølvhjelmen    

Hanne Kvist's touching children's book from Denmark, Drengen med sølvhjelmen


A tough book about a little boy who must fight for his sister’s right to be different.
— Bogrummet.dk
  Jérôme Nouhouaï 's fiercely ironic debut novel from Benin,  Le piment des plus beaux jours    

Jérôme Nouhouaï's fiercely ironic debut novel from Benin, Le piment des plus beaux jours


A beautiful novel from a promising talent, a real shot in the arm for literature in Benin.
— Florent Couao-Zotti
  Martin Page 's quirky literary novella,  L'apiculture selon Samuel Beckett

Martin Page's quirky literary novella, L'apiculture selon Samuel Beckett

A surreal yet supremely enchanting ramble in the company of one of the most important authors of the last century.
— L'Express



ruth clarke

Ruth Clarke works from Italian, French and Spanish into English. She brings her previous experience in legal translation and in the travel industry to an eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction projects, translating work by authors from Benin to Venezuela, including Mariana Enríquez, Enoh Meyomesse, Leonardo Padrón, and Cristina Caboni’s best-selling debut novel The Secret Ways of Perfume. Ruth is a mentor for the British Council’s Baltics Market Focus Lithuania Translation Fellowship and is keen to bring translation to the public stage, participating in events such as The Spectacular Translation Machine at London’s Southbank Centre, The Chronicles Project at Crossing Border Festival in The Hague, International Translation Day at the British Library, and the London Book Fair.

roland glasser

Roland Glasser translates literary and genre fiction from French, as well as art, travel and assorted non-fiction. His translation of Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 won the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016 and was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and the Best Translated Book Award. He has translated a wide variety of authors, including Anne Cuneo, Martin Page, Marc Pouyet, Ludovic Flamant, Robert Morcet and Clémentine Beauvais. Roland has contributed articles and essays to The White Review, Asymptote, Lit Hub, Chimurenga, In Other Words, and the Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury Journals. He has also worked extensively in the performing arts, chiefly as a lighting designer.

Paul russell garrett

Paul works from Danish and Norwegian and, on occasion, Swedish. Two of his books have been awarded the English Pen translation grant: Erik and the Gods (Aurora Metro, 2016) and Ukulele Jam (Seren Press, 2018). Recent translations include Lars Mytting’s The Sixteen Trees of the Somme and Christina Hesselholdt’s Companions. In 2019, Fitzcarraldo Editions will publish his translation of Hesselholdt’s latest novel, Vivian, a fictional account of the early years of American street photographer Vivian Maier. Paul serves on the committee of the Translators Association and heads up the [Foreign Affairs] Translates! theatre translation programme.

zoë perry

Zoë Perry works primarily with the translation and promotion of contemporary Brazilian literary fiction and creative non-fiction. She has translated work by several award-winning Portuguese-language authors including Rodrigo de Souza Leão, Carlos Henrique Schroeder, Carol Bensimon, Lourenço Mutarelli and Sérgio Rodrigues. In 2015 she was translator-in-residence at the FLIP international literary festival in Paraty, Brazil, and she was awarded a PEN/Heim grant for her translation of Veronica Stigger's novel Opisanie świata. Zoë also blogs about untranslated Portuguese-language books at Gringa Reads.

morgan giles

Morgan Giles focuses on promoting contemporary Japanese literary fiction. She has worked with award-winning authors including Yu Miri, Nao-cola Yamazaki, Hideo Furukawa, and Aoko Matsuda, as well as the classic mystery writer Ranpo Edogawa. Her work has earned her a research fellowship at Waseda University in Tokyo, where she will focus on the translation of female Japanese authors. Morgan is also a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, as well as being part of the organisational team for Japan Now, the annual Japanese literature festival held across the UK. Her role ranges from dealing with technical logistics to ensuring every author gets precisely the cocktail they want.

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