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Books & Stories

Dematerialisation by Mutt-lon (Extract from the novel Ceux qui sortent dans la nuit) in the anthology Writing In Translation, The White Review, 2024

Artur Pastor: Portugal, Pais de Contrastes, Majericon, 2022.

The Digital Pandemic (Portuguese title A Torção dos Sentidos) by João Pedro Cachopo, Bloomsbury Academic, 2022.

Co-Wives, Co-Widows (French title Coépouses, co-veuves) by Adrienne Yabouza, Central African Republic, Dedalus Books, 2021. 2019 PEN Translates Award recipient, shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2022, listed on Brittle Paper's 'Notable African Books of 2021'.                'A delight to read', Alastair Mabbott, The Herald. Read an extract here

The Desert and the Drum (French title Le tambour des larmes) by Mbarek Ould Beyrouk, Mauritania , Dedalus Books, 2018. 2017 PEN Translates Award recipient, shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2019. 'Translator McGill has found a register that is at once simple and precise, conveying images that spark both surprise and recognition', Ann Morgan, A Year of Reading the World.

Read an extract here

Avenida de Liberdade by Corina Lozovan and Démarche by Raquel Rafael, Portugal (short stories), for the European institute of the Mediterranean, Barcelona, 2019.

Ten Ways to Reach the Stars (Portuguese title 10 Maneiras de Chegar ao Céu) by Catarina Fonseca and The Cats of Poço dos Negros (Portuguese title Os Gatos do Poço dos Negros) by Valério Romão for the anthology Tales and Trails (Ler e Ver Lisboa), EGEAC, Lisbon, 2016.

The Goal-begetting Women of the Andes (Spanish title En los Andes las campesinas siembran goles) by Marco Aviles for the collection The Football Cronicas, Ragpicker Press, London, 2014.  

Read an extract here

The Horizon is a Poetic Lover by Fatou Diome, Whoever knows the Desert... by Samira Negrouche and The Fiction of Heavy Metal Borders by Fran Ilich, for the book Mauerreise, Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, 2009.


The Fragility of Togetherness - (Portuguese title A fragilidade de estarmos juntos) by Miguel Castro Caldas, São Luis Theatre Lisbon/European Theatre Convention, 2024

41 Stunden - by the company, KNPV Theatre Company, Bern, 2016

Als das Meer einer Einladung nachzukommen durchaus imstande war - by Stefan Wipplinger, Goethe Institute Barcelona, 2016

Fahrrad, Hose, Frau - by Stefan Wipplinger, Verlag der Autoren, Frankfurt, 2015

5 Morgen - by Fritz Kater, Union of Theatres of Europe, Paris, 2013 

Schnee - by Hassan Savas Mican and Oliver Kontny, Husets Theater, Copenhagen, 2012

Blinde Punkte, Sterne - by Mathilda Fatima Onur, Royal Court Theatre, London, 2012

Die Unsicherheit Der Sachlage - by Philip Löhle, Royal Court Theatre, London, 2009 

Der Fremde - by Lorenz Langenegger, Royal Court Theatre, London, 2007

Time of the Tortoise (Die Zeit der Schildkröten)  - by Kerstin Specht, Theatre 503, London, 2006. Published by Oberon

Aquabar - by Johanna Kaptein, Royal Court Theatre, London, 2006

Marieluise - by Kerstin Specht. Winner of The Gate Theatre Revelations Translation Award, 2004. Published by Oberon

'It is easy to see why Rachael McGill won the Revelations Translation Award for this work, it is beautifully judged and often very poetic and imagistic', Philip Fisher, British Theatre Review

Nepal - by Urs Widmer. Shortlisted for The Gate Theatre Translation Award 1998.

Journalism, Academia & Samples

I have translated for the following organisations:

from French - Orient XXI, Paris;  Al-Araby Media, London/Paris/Cairo; Éditions Auzou, Paris. 

'Rachael's translations for The New Arab are always extremely well written and researched. She deals with complex political commentary and challenging source texts with ease and accuracy. Rachael has always delivered her work on time and is an excellent communicator, flagging any issues or concerns'

Katy Stone, Opinion Editor, The New Arab.

from German - Goethe Institut London, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Barcelona, Beirut, Johannesburg and Lagos; Rowohlt Verlag, Hamburg; WEHR51, Cologne; Kader Filmproduktion, Munich; Wark Clements, Edinburgh; PACT Zollverein, Essen; International Theatre Institute, Berlin; Culture Ministry North Rhine-Westphalia; University of Leipzig; The Association for Jewish Culture in Sweden; University of Edinburgh; International Literature Festival, Berlin.

from Spanish - English National Opera, London; The Royal Festival Hall, London; Reina Sofia Art Gallery, Madrid.

from Portuguese - Universidade Nova, Lisbon; Editora Abysmo, Lisbon; Gagarin, Antwerp; Calboni Editions, Lisbon; Wildlife Conservation Society, Maputo, Mozambique.

As well as for many individual writers and academics.

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