Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith

Deborah (@londonkoreanist) is a literary translator working from Korean into English. Her publications include two novels by Han Kang, The Vegetarian and Human Acts (both Portobello Books UK, Crown US), and two by Bae Suah, The Essayist's Desk (Open Letter 2016) and The Low Hills of Seoul (Deep Vellum 2016).
 

Deborah recently founded @TiltedAxisPress, a not-for-profit press focusing on contemporary literary fiction; mainly by women, mainly in translation. Tilted Axis' first titles, released from 2016, include a darkly erotic Bengali novella, an obliquely allegorical take on South Korea's social minorities, and a feminist, environmentalist narrative poem from Indonesia, published as a 'sight-impaired-accessible' art book. These will be followed by translations from Thai, Uzbek, and Japanese.

Deborah led the Korean group at the British Centre for Literary Translation's 2015 summer school, frequently chairs and participates in literary events and discussions, and recently completed a PhD in contemporary Korean literature at SOAS.