Martin Cleaver's Home Page

    Me, my work and other matters

I'm a Brit living in Holland. I largely earned my living translating - mainly Dutch films - into English. Intercultural communication!

Translation is an art and this homepage proved a useful tool in my work as a translator. It includes links to all kinds of handy places and services.  I also help write and market Spot, the ideal subtitling system for PCs. Version 3.5 soon made its name as the ideal companion to subtitle translators and editors... Version 4.4 also featured video caching so you can work from video on the hard disk as well as a graphic audio bar and video thumbnails. 5.0 was a step further and now we have reached the milestone Spot 6 with many enhancements including overlaying subtitles on video files. 
This site also offers me an opportunity to sound off about my likes and dislikes (you can follow me on Twitter) and to list my achievements.  

My translation of Toon Tellegen earned me the Marsh Award for Children's Fiction in Translation in 2011.

His animal tales are ‘A delight for anyone lucky enough to read them.’ 
– The Bookseller 

‘Toon Tellegen's 'The Squirrel's Birthday and Other Parties' and 'Letters to Anyone and Everyone' are, quite simply, two of the loveliest and most charming collections of stories I have EVER had the pleasure of reading.’ 
– Alison Morris, Publishers Weekly 

Jury report: 'Martin Cleaver's translation captures Tellegen's richly imagined world and the distinctive characters and poetic voices in it and is a worthy winner...'