Odile Kennel, born as a child of a german-french town twinning, grew up bilingual. She lives and works in Berlin as a free author and translator of poetry and children’s books. She has been awarded the scholarship of the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung, the work scholarship of the Berliner Senats, as well as the Elmar-Tophoven-Stipendium (for a translation). Since 2001 she has been self-employed, since 2004 as a translator of literature and has not yet died of hunger. She thinks highly of networking: she is a member of VS and VdÜ, the Autorinnenvereinigung e.V., as well as the Freie Literaturszene e.V. She takes care of her own accounting and is capable of helping out others in these regards, as well regarding questions about turnover-taxes (for everything more complicated and convoluted she will redirect you to her trusted accountant.) She is especially happy to get in contact with beginner/future translators, whom she is happy to provide and overview of the relevant institutions, websites, adresses, which are helpful when getting started.