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  • Translator & Doula | B.J. Woodstein | Norwich UK

    B.J. Woodstein also known as B.J. Epstein An academic, Swedish-to-English translator, writer, editor, and doula, lactation consultant (IBCLC), three-step rewind practitioner, and speaker. ​ ​ Passionate about language, literature, and supporting people to meet their goals. This website is divided into two separate areas of information: Translation and Literature and Doula and Lactation Support . Please select below. Translation and Literature Doula and Lactation My new book is now available! ​ We’re Here! A Practical Guide to Becoming an LGBTQ+ Parent If you want to get on the mailing list to find out about the book, please sign up HERE.

  • Contact | B.J. Woodstein

    Say Hello! To get in touch with B.J. Woodstein (also known as B.J. Epstein) about any of her services, please fill in this form or use the email address below. Email bjepstein@gmail.com First Name Last Name Email Subject Message Send Thank you for writing!

  • News and Publications | B.J. Woodstein

    News and Publications March 2022 My new book is now available! ​ We’re Here! A Practical Guide to Becoming an LGBTQ+ Parent is all about the ways LGBTQ+ people can make our families, give birth, feed our babies, and much more. In addition, it includes information on how health professionals and allies can best support our community. Dozens of LGBTQ+ people and allies have also shared their personal stories here, so the book contains loads of practical information as well as inspiring tales. August 2021 Gin & Topic podcast with B.J. Published August 2021 Reviews ‘Bravely crossing linguistic and political boundaries, and splendidly unorthodox in their approach, Epstein and Chapman offer a ground-breaking collection of essays on international LGBTQ+ literature for young people, with a much-needed emphasis on non-English language texts. With contributions by academics, librarians, authors, and activists, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of children’s literature to reflect the complexities of and possibilities for young people’s lives.’ — Paulette Rothbauer, Western University, Canada ​ ‘Aiming to map global representations of LGBTQ+, from picture books to YAF, this volume witnesses how tricky it is to navigate queerness, in fiction, activism, and academia. Eye-opening at times, highly provocative at others, in suggested readings and theoretical scope, the value of this study resides in its activist take on queer children’s literature.’ — Mia Österlund, Åbo Akademi University and Helsinki University, Finland Published June 2021 The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read by David Sundin The bestselling Swedish children's book of 2020, translated by B. J. Woodstein, with graphic design by Alexis Holmqvist. ​ WARNING! Stop what you're doing! Don't you know that this book does NOT want to be read? Not now and not ever. ​ Because if this book is read all kinds of strange and magical things might happen. Silly things and secret things... Alligators might appear, the book might try to fly away, and before you know it you'll be having all kinds of unexpected fun. How AWFUL. Don't let this book be read. You're not prepared. ​ Or are you? June 2021 Catch up on a chat with B.J. and Intellect Books on the @intellectbooks Instagram feed. Button March 2021 The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist 2021

  • Translation and Lit HOME | B.J. Woodstein | Epstein

    Literature and Translation I have been teaching language and literature as well as translating from the Scandinavian languages for around twenty years now, and I’ve been a writer and editor longer than that. I am fascinated by how languages work and how we communicate with one another. Translator Translator Translator Translator from Swedish, Danish and Norwegian to English. Editor Editor Editor Copy editor and proofreader. proofreader Consultant and Speaker Speaker Lectures, workshops and more held around the world. Academic and Writer Writer Associate Professor in literature and translation at the UEA Button Button Button Button to Academic and Writer På svenska My new book is now available! ​ We’re Here! A Practical Guide to Becoming an LGBTQ+ Parent If you want to get on the mailing list to find out about the book, please sign up HERE. Published August 2021 Reviews ​ ‘This fascinating snapshot of international LGBTQ+ material for young people makes for a timely contribution to comparative queer children’s literature studies and to our broader understanding of childhood in cultural context. A groundbreaking volume and indispensable resource.’ — Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida, US ​ ‘Bravely crossing linguistic and political boundaries, and splendidly unorthodox in their approach, Epstein and Chapman offer a ground-breaking collection of essays on international LGBTQ+ literature for young people, with a much-needed emphasis on non-English language texts. With contributions by academics, librarians, authors, and activists, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the power of children’s literature to reflect the complexities of and possibilities for young people’s lives.’ — Paulette Rothbauer, Western University, Canada ​ ‘Aiming to map global representations of LGBTQ+, from picture books to YAF, this volume witnesses how tricky it is to navigate queerness, in fiction, activism, and academia. Eye-opening at times, highly provocative at others, in suggested readings and theoretical scope, the value of this study resides in its activist take on queer children’s literature.’ — Mia Österlund, Åbo Akademi University and Helsinki University, Finland

  • Birth Work HOME | B.J. Woodstein

    Pregnancy, Birth Work and Lactation Support After the birth of my first child, I quickly grew to understand how vital knowledgeable, caring support can be. My own experiences during pregnancy, birth and lactation – and my gratitude to my wife and to the midwives and lactation consultant who helped me – led me to train to become first a breastfeeding peer supporter and then a breastfeeding counsellor. I became an advocate for the rather obvious idea that you should provide people with research-based evidence and then support them to make the decisions that work best for them and their circumstances. I started by supporting people postnatally, and then I added in antenatal support and birth work once I trained as a doula and also as a peer supporter and mentor for pregnant people suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. It should go without saying that it is your body, your baby and your choice, and I love working with people so they can feel supported and empowered to make the choices that suit them. Postnatal Doula Button Writer Button Lactation Support Button Consultant and Speaker Speaker Button Birth Doula Birth Doula Birth Doula Button Three-Step Rewind Practitioner Button My next book is now available for pre-order! ​ We’re Here! A Practical Guide to Becoming an LGBTQ+ Parent If you want to get on the mailing list to find out about the book, please sign up HERE.

  • Editor | B.J. Woodstein

    Editor I have been a professional editor since the mid-1990s. I have worked for many different publishing companies, publications, organisations, literary agencies, universities, individuals, and others. I primarily edit texts in English, but I do also work on Swedish texts, particularly Swedish translations of English works. I love paying close attention to detail and polishing a text, whether that involves clarifying confusing phrases, ensuring the style is consistent, analysing the vocabulary choices, fixing punctuation, or anything else.

  • Writer | B.J. Woodstein

    Writer I have dozens of articles, personal essays and book reviews about breastfeeding, birth, parenting and other related topics. I am currently writing a book about LGBTQ+ parenting in particular and how to support LGBTQ+ families. ​ Please contact me if you are interested in having me write an article for your magazine, newspaper or website. ​ ​ Published work includes: Many personal essays in Kveller, PJ Library, The Conversation, The Jewish Chronicle, and other magazines or websites, and in books such as Queer Girls in Class, Getting Bi and Second-Person Queer. Many book reviews in Swedish in Facköversättaren. Many book reviews in English in Wales Arts Review, Mensa Bulletin, among many others. Academic book reviews in Barnboken, The Journal of Specialised Translation, The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies and International Research on Children’s Literature, among others. More than a hundred articles, restaurant reviews, interviews, and encylopedia entries in publications as varied as The Literary Encyclopedia, The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature, Korean Literature Now, HG and Early Motherhood, The Conversation, The Jewish Chronicle, The Local, Scroll.in, The Independent, Pink News, The Guardian, The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature, New Statesman, Words Without Borders, Lighthouse, Heritage Florida Jewish News, Thesis Whisperer, Chickpea, Mslexia, Polari, Once Upon a Bookcase, New Writing Net, The Bristol Biennial catalogue, Writer Abroad, For Books’ Sake, In Other Words, Europe and Me, The Danforth Review, Relish, Sally’s Place, Gourmet, Verbatim, Fence, Funds for Writers, Write Away, ESL Magazine, Section 28 Anthology, and Translation Magazine. Regular articles for The Danish Pioneer, Mensa Bulletin, Kveller, The Huffington Post, and ABM: The Magazine of the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. My next book is now available for pre-order! ​ We’re Here! A Practical Guide to Becoming an LGBTQ+ Parent If you want to get on the mailing list to find out about the book, please sign up HERE.

  • Consultant | B.J. Woodstein

    Consultant and Speaker Over the years, I have given dozens of lectures and run workshops on a wide variety of subjects, many relating to birth and breastfeeding/chestfeeding. I can produce a talk, workshop, article or seminar for your group on topics such as: the LGBTQ+ community and family planning supporting LGBTQ+ people through pregnancy, birth and/or the postpartum period LGBTQ+ lactation equality, diversity and inclusivity in birth and/or infant feeding breastfeeding/chestfeeding in literature for adults and/or children the pregnant and lactating body in art breastfeeding/chestfeeding with hyperemesis gravidarum breastfeeding/chestfeeding during fertility treatment supporting the Jewish community with breastfeeding/chestfeeding breastfeeding/chestfeeding and chronic illness or many other subjects related to birth and feeding. ​ If you would like me to help you, your colleagues and/or your organisation, please get in touch. I am happy to plan bespoke sessions based on your needs and interests. ​

  • Lactation Support | B.J. Woodstein

    Lactation Support I am a qualified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and I also volunteer on the National Breastfeeding Helpline. ​ I provide in-person or Zoom consultations for support with breastfeeding/chestfeeding. ​ An initial in-person consultation costs £90 and takes approximately 60-90 minutes. You will receive written recommendations after the consultation and a follow-up telephone or video call of up to 30 minutes within a week. If you live outside Norwich, mileage is charged from my house at £0.15 per mile. Additional in-person consultations are £60. ​ An online-only consultation costs £60 and takes approximately 30-60 minutes. You will receive written recommendations after the video call and a follow-up telephone call of up to 30 minutes within a week. ​ ​ ​ The National Breastfeeding Helpline is free to call and is open 9.30 am to 9.30 pm every day of the year. The telephone number is 0300 100 0212. ​

  • Sida på svenska | B.J. Woodstein

    Hej! Jag är översättare från svenska till engelska, och ibland även från norska eller danska till engelska. Jag har översatt många olika texter, allt från barnböcker till kokböcker, noveller, dikter, avhandlingar, artiklar, reklamtexter med mera. Jag har till exempel översatt Sara Lundbergs Fågeln i mig flyger vart den vill och David Sundins Boken som inte ville bli läst. Det brukar kosta cirka 1.200 kronor per 1.000 ord, men det beror på texten och hur snabbt översättningen behövs. Förutom att vara översättare är jag även författare, korrekturläsare, docent i litteratur och översättning vid University of East Anglia, och internationellt certifierad amningskonsult (IBCLC) och doula. Kontakta mig gärna för att diskutera hur vi kunde arbeta tillsammans.

  • Translator | B.J. Woodstein | Swedish

    Swedish to English Translator På svenska I have worked as a translator since 2002. I have translated many different texts from Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian to English, and occasionally also from English or Danish to Swedish. Over the years, I’ve gained experience in translating a range of texts, including menus and cookbooks, user’s manuals, annual reports, financial documents, scientific articles, poems, songs, short stories, novels, books on gardening and art, literary analyses, and much more. I’ve worked for individual customers, translation agencies, organisations, universities, and publishing companies. In recent years, I have mostly focused on literary fiction and non-fiction. For example, in 2021, my translation of David Sundin's The Book That Did Not Want to Be Read was published in the UK. In 2020, my translation of Sara Lundberg’s illustrated novel was published in North America as The Bird in Me Flies and in the rest of the world as The Bird Within Me, and my translation of Ylva Hillström and Karin Eklund’s Mapping the Invisible was published in Sweden. ​ Other literary authors whose short stories or poems or novel excerpts I have translated include Mats Kempe, Kristina Sandberg, Edith Södergran, Kerstin Norborg, Johan Jönson, Gunnar Ardelius and Johannes Anyuru. ​ ​ I have also written many articles about translation and given dozens of academic and popular talks on the subject. I am a full member of the Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association, Sveriges Facköversättarförening (Swedish Association of Professional Translators), and Översättarcentrum (Translators’ Centre). Also translated by B.J. Woodstein...

  • Three-Step Rewind | B.J. Woodstein

    Three-Step Rewind Practitioner Three-step rewind is a relaxation and learning strategy that helps you process, reframe, and better cope with a difficult event in your past. This can be about a traumatic event, the ending of a relationship, or grief regarding pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding, or anything challenging. Over the course of two sessions, you go into a relaxed state, review the event, and then change how you view it, distancing yourself from it so it does not have the same hold over you. It is not therapy as such, but rather a way of helping yourself move on from an upsetting/traumatising situation. It is thought that this technique can help release some negative feelings about yourself and your situation and give you a way of reframing it more positively. The first session takes around an hour. The second session is usually shorter, around 30-45 minutes. There will usually be 7 or so days in between the sessions. At the moment, all sessions take place over video call, and you would need to be somewhere you could sit comfortably, undisturbed. It costs £175 total. Trained and accredited by