One family. One translator. Two surnames. Five proofreaders.
Dickens & Doyle offers crisp and creamy French to English translation - and if you get what we mean by that, then you get us.
In addition to our translation services, we work with clients to craft original English copy, whip up ideas, create worlds, write fiction, and produce and develop concepts to spec for the British, American and international markets. We work quickly and fluidly to transform your vision into sharp, addictive text and invent stories that bring your company to life. We translate meticulously. We rhyme on demand. We also sketch stickmen.
In a strange yet pleasing twist of fate, our family also happens to share the surnames of two literary giants. Coincidence? One thinketh not.
The industry is awash with translators and agencies promising flawless text, quick turnaround times and flowing sentences. We do all of that. What you'll also enjoy with us is the added benefit of a close-knit family of bilingual creatives and academics working in harmony to deliver the goods. We only work into English from French. We have complete faith in our abilities to understand the source text, to produce incisive, relevant copy that matches the original in content while hitting the right notes in style and form, and to proof the final version with our high-tech flaw-finding scanner eyes. And because we keep it in the family, we aren't afraid to tell it like it is, run chunky red lines through whole swathes of text, or make inconvenient emergency phone calls to ask that Netflix be turned off and a translation re-worked.
We focus on all fields that require a bit of a kick, from fashion, cosmetics and luxury goods to art and design, tourism, hospitality, food and high-brow literature. Think of us as the Sriracha sauce drizzled over the chicken breast of your French copy, the cinnamon syrup in your word latte, the dip to your texty nachos.
If you're in need of copy so slick you could throw a circular frame around it and call it an ice rink, we've got you covered. We'll sit down with you, get to grips with your concept, style, direction and audience, and whip up a few ideas in our Kitchen of Innovation*. We'll take all the time needed to get the pitch right before launching into a whirlwind of writing activity, producing straplines, blurb, presentations, brochures and website copy. Much of our work involves straightforward copywriting, but we are increasingly seeing demand for fiction and poetry both humorous and epic. We’ve been asked to produce entire 50-chapter stories as part of a marketing campaign, and we’ve also crafted custom-made poems to be incorporated into corporate advertising.
Whether you want clean and classic wholesome bread-and-butter copy or something a little unusual and creative, we’ll adapt our tone and form to get you what you need. From simple, streamlined website and brochure blurb to eccentric ditties, inspired imaginings and fairy-tales delivered whole or in batches, get in touch and let’s talk your ideas through.
*Not an actual place.
Portfolios of our translation, copy and storytelling work are available upon request, as are references and CVs.
Although qualified, experienced professionals, we don't believe in charging crazy rates just because we can. Our aim is to live comfortably from our work and to focus on projects that get us dreaming. Translations are priced by source word, while copy, stories and poetry are priced by the project. With each request being different in complexity and turnaround time, it's impossible for us to give you an immediate quote. Get in touch, send us an email with your source documents or ideas, and let's talk. Our prices are accessible, affordable and won’t leave you picking your jaw up off the ground.
We come from multilingual and entrepreneurial stock: the perfect combination when your goal is to promote your business in another language.
Have a look for yourselves.
84 rue de Famars
You won’t be surprised to hear we prefer to get things down in writing. It means we have all the details to hand if we need to refresh our memories. We’re internet obsessives and respond to your queries within 15 minutes via email, Facebook or WhatsApp.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call or WhatsApp us on +33(0)6 49 76 18 89