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My Team

The Translator


Simon Knight

Simon Knight was born in Bishop's Stortford in 1948. He studied French and Italian at Trinity Hill, Cambridge, where he also qualified as teacher. The early part of his  career was spent teaching English as a foreign language, including time spent in Italy and several years in Madagascar. His wife , Adelaide, is Malagasy (pictured with him in Milan, Italy).

They have four daughters and are currently expecting the birth of their third grandchild. For the last 25 years, Simon has made his living as a freelance translator, specializing in historical and cultural material. He is Christian, a member of the Community Church in Bishop's Stortford, which belongs to the New Frontiers international family of churches, where he and Adelaide help run a marriage course and assist migrants in integrating into life in the UK.

He spent several months working on The Ruby cross , in close collaboration with Giovanni Dalla Valle,  one of the most enjoyable translation projects he has undertaken.

The Illustrator


Franco Spaliviero

Born in S.Germano dei Berici (Vicenza,Italy) in 1957, Franco Spaliviero now lives and works in Verona. Specialized in Anatomical and surgical Drawing at the prestigious Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of  Bologna, he then developed an impressive career as graphic designer and illustrator  ranging from medicine and science to general advertisement, magazines, newspapers, fiction and non-fiction literature.

Spaliviero is well known to major Italian editors like Mondadori, Fabbri, RCS Libri... to  American editors such as Walt Disney, EDC Publishing,  and to many popular Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, French and Finnish  editors. He has also worked for nation-wide spread magazines like Panorama, L'Espresso, Il Venerdi' della Repubblica, fashion magazines such as Amica and Moda e the well known Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.

As a qualified professor of Artistic Anatomy and Special Graphical Techniques, he has been teaching at the Accademia delle Belle Arti ( Academy of Fine Arts) G.B. Cignaroli of Verona for many years. Started in 1987 as lecturer in Artistic Anatomy, since 2003 he has also been teaching Human Figure Drawing, Basics of Morphology and Dynamic Morphology. He has lectured at the International School of Illustration of Venice Teatro  and since 1996 he has been showing around the world through I Migliori Illustratori Italiani, a vast calendar of world exhibitions that gathers the best illustrators of Italy.