Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

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Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp is a literary translator working from Arabic, Russian and German into English.

She translates fiction and nonfiction, and has a particular interest in children’s books and YA. Her translations include books from Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Russia, Switzerland and Syria. See her full publications list here.

Ruth is co-editor of 3 blogs about translation and children’s literature: World Kid Lit, ArabKidLitNow! and Russian Kid Lit.

Ruth leads translation workshops in schools and promotes world literature for young people, especially in September, #WorldKidLitMonth.


  • MA in Translation and Interpreting (University of Bath, 2006)
  • MA Oxon Modern and Medieval Languages (University of Oxford, 2003)
  • CIOL Diploma in Translation: from Arabic (2013), from German and Russian (2004)