About me

I’m a London-based professional freelance writer and Latvian-English-Latvian translator, member of The Society of Authors and Translators Association and English PEN. I have a proven track record of writing articles, news features, blog posts, SEO-led web content, e-books, social media campaigns and more.

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Education / Conferences

  • 2020 – Theatre Translators Mentorship programme in London with Foreign Affairs
  • Translators’ Conference in Riga (2019) – organised and funded by Latvian Literature
  • Creative Writing and Literary Translations Summer School at the British Centre for Literary Translations, University of East Anglia (2018), funded by Latvian Literature
  • Online Fiction Workshop with Stephen Carver, Unthank School of Writing (2018)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate with Distinction from The TEFL Academy (2017)
  • MA with Merit in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, UK (2014)
  • First Class BA (Hons) degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from Bath Spa University, UK (2012)
  • A levels in Fine Art (A), English Language and Literature (A),  Sociology (A), Psychology (A) and Media Studies (A) from East Berkshire College, UK (2008)
  • GCSEs (A*-C grades), Langleywood school, UK (2006)

Writing experience

I have written for a variety of clients, including marketing agencies, higher education institutions, publishing houses and magazines. I am an active member of the freelancing networks Upwork and Hiive. Some of my recent work can be found on the professional networking site LinkedIn.

Publications

I have also published a number of articles, reviews, short stories and poetry. For a full list of recent publications, please visit my publications page.

Translations

I specialise in translating literary works (plays, prose and poetry) and marketing texts from Latvian into English. I have worked with notable playwrights and publishers in Latvia, and completed projects funded by the British Council Latvia. For a full list, please visit my translations page.

Client Testimonials

Peter and Jenny – Historical Non-Fiction – Sweden “leva did a great job at writing books for us. We are very happy with the results, and the manuscripts were delivered on time as well. We hope to work with her again soon!” Client from Upwork – Copywriting – NYC “Brilliant job! Excellent writing skills.” Karin … Continue reading Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

“Tulkošana nav tikai valodu pārnese – ar Ievu man ir bijis gana interesanti samēroties gan ar pasaules, gan auditorijas uztverēm. Esam sapratušies arī tur, kur viņa ir gudrāka. Viņa jūt. Un vienmēr ātri, ar prieku.”

Lauris Gundars – Dramaturgs

“Uzticot savu tulkojumus Ievai Lākutei, izdevniecība Pētergailis ir ieguvusi kvalitatīvus tulkojumus, ātrus darbu izpildes termiņus un personīgu attieksmi. Un vēl, ārpus lietišķajām attiecībām, Ieva nekad neliegs savus profesionāļa padomus vai konsultācijas attiecībā uz tulkojamā teksta niansēm un saturu.”

Kaspars Eižentāls – Pētergailis