Aletta Stevens was raised in Holland, born to an Indonesian father and a Dutch mother. After studying English Language at Sheffield University, she began work as a freelance translator and tutor. Her translation of the biography of Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven was published by Faber and Faber, and she has contributed articles to ITI Bulletin (journal of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting), Neerlandia Nieuws (newsletter of the Dutch association in London), and The Author, the journal of the Society of Authors. Aletta is a founding member of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting, and a member of the Society of Authors.
Her other languages are French (degree subsidiary); German and Latin (‘A’ levels); Spanish, Indonesian and Frisian (beginner’s level). Interests include literature, jazz, Indonesia, family history, and British comedy. Aletta is a committee member of the Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association, a friendship link between an English and a Dutch city going back to WW2. Married to an Englishman, she has two grown-up children and lives in South-West England.