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Since 2016, Julien Faille-Lefrançois has been working as a writer-editor (senior specialist) for the corporate communications department of Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada.

Previously, he worked six years as a writer, editor, and translator for both the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition and for the New Democratic Party’s caucus services in Canada, producing everything from speeches, flyers, op-eds, and press releases, to web and social media content.

In 2016, he obtained a Master’s degree in Francophone Literature from Concordia University in Montréal. His research work as a Master’s student focused on dissident literature in Western Africa and the work of Ivorian writer Ahmadou Kourouma. Julien also holds a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Print Journalism and a minor in Political Science.

Julien has been a volunteer translator for PEN International since 2014.

Contact: julien.faille [at] gmail.com

Translations for PEN

Basculer par Jude Dibia, PENOutWrite
La Lettre de PEN International 7 mai 2015
Alain Mabanckou writes to imprisoned Cameroonian writer Dieudonné Enoh Meyomesse
Jour de l’écrivain emprisonné: Une lettre à Azimjon Askarov, écrite par Yann Martel 
Jour de l’écrivain emprisonné: Une lettre à Mahvash Sabet, écrite par Alberto Manguel 
La Lettre de PEN International 22 juillet 2014
La Lettre de PEN International 11 juillet 2014