Hi, I’m Olga. I trained in Medicine in Barcelona, Spain, and came to the UK in 1992 (shortly after the Olympics) with the plan of training in psychiatry. I spent quite a few years working in psychiatry (most recently forensic psychiatry), but on the way I’ve studied a few other things (American Literature, Criminology). Early in 2014 I left psychiatry as a full time occupation to explore other avenues, carry on writing and also translate other authors’ books.

In this blog I post about things that interest me, random thoughts, advice, I post reviews, I have guests, both alive and classics…

Come along and see!

Hola, soy Olga. Estudié Medicina en Barcelona, España, y vine al Reino Unido en 1992 (poco después de los Juegos Olímpicos) para estudiar y trabajar en psiquiatría. Me dediqué a la psiquiatría (psiquiatra forense unos 10 años) bastante tiempo aunque también estudié otras cosas (Literatura Americana, Criminología). A principios del 2014 dejé la psiquiatría como ocupación a jornada completa para explorar otras posibilidades, aunque sigo escribiendo y también traduzco los libros de otros autores.

En este blog public sobre cosas que me interesan, ocurrencias, consejos, reseñas, tengo invitados (la mayoría escritores pero…) vivos y clásicos…

Os invito!

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Ah, the content, unless otherwise stated, is mine. I’m happy for it to be shared but… It’s mine! Remember to mention it or link back. Thanks!

Ah, el contenido de los posts es mío, a menos que diga otra cosa. Y me parece fabuloso que se comparta pero sigue siendo mío! Acordáos de mencionarlo o poner un enlace. Gracias!

Comments (158)

  1. Ms. Vee says:

    Hello,
    Thank you taking time to visit, and the like on my post. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

    1. olganm says:

      You welcome! Have a great week!

  2. […] and most of the guests had passed through the coffee house at some point during the evening. Olga smiled from behind her steaming cup, reminiscing over the speeches and laughter whilst Jen […]

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks so much! Lovely drink and amazing company!

  3. Olga: I am nominating you for a Versatile Blogger Award and visited just to make sure I had your site URL correct. Then I discovered you had been at MHC for a year! Surprise, I am a MHC graduate!

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks so much Noelle. Yes, I studied American Literature at Sussex University and we spent our third year studying in the US and I was at Mount Holyoke. I had a great time there. Lovely campus indeed! I am an award free blog though but thanks for the nomination. ♥

      1. Then you get the bouquet!

        1. olganm says:

          Great! 🙂 ♥

    1. olganm says:

      Thank you.

  4. I was trying to find a way to comment about your presence on the Blog tour which I discovered while looking at David Prosser’s Blog. You are, in my opinion, a distinguished and understanding blogger, and it is a pleasure to see you being recognised 🙂

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks Peter. Not sure I know yet what David has done (as I don’t blog on weekends and haven’t visited his blog yet). But thanks so much.

  5. Steve says:

    Thanks for coming in to see me at Steve Says. Come again, stay a while – have a drink even. Happy blogging! Steve…

  6. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Olga. You have a fascinating bio, I’d be honored to follow you and explore your writings. ☺ Van

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks so much. I hope to keep visiting your blog too and discover more of your posts.

  7. What an interesting background! I will have to look at purchasing Escaping Psychiatry. I’m infinitely curious about the human mind. I completed a Bachelors in Psychology and would have loved to continue as a student, but secondary education is expensive in Canada. Like you, I would be a perpetual student if I could. I was torn between medicine with a specialty in psychiatry, psychology, anthropological studies, classical literature and ancient languages, sociology, philosophy, and even advertising! Currently I work in a bookstore where, between my books and the customers who come into my store, I get a great deal of subject matter to study.

    I’m curious: as a translator and psychiatrist, to what extent do you believe language plays a role in human thought and behaviour?

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks Connie. I was still living with my parents when I studied Medicine (the university I went to, University of Barcelona, was not private, is blessedly old around 500 years going by now, although you had to pay the fees and books that were quite expensive. Later one, if you did well in the studies and you got good grades the fees were reduced. The rest of the degrees I financed myself when I was already working (and sometimes with some grants. I did worked teaching at the University of Sussex). I’m not sure my brain is up to much studying, but I’m trying on-line German to keep the brain going.
      If you get around to reading Escaping Psychiatry I hope you enjoy it. The first story has been with me for a long time and I’m planning on writing more with the same main character.
      If you work in a bookshop, you must try and get hold of ‘The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’. I read a preview copy and adored it but not sure if it might be on sale already in some places. I did spend some time working in a second hand bookshop in a place called Hay-on-Wye in Wales (a town full of bookshops) last year and I hope to go back soon.
      I’ve now left psychiatry, at least for the time being, but to your question… That’s a matter of much debate and I remember reading an article about it very recently. Interestingly enough, some illnesses (like schizophrenia) are pretty universal, although their manifestations might vary slightly. But how much that might be language or wider culture… In some cultures, people who are depressed, for instance, will complain of physical symptoms, but will not describe sadness, because for somebody to be ill, there has to be something physically wrong with them. So somatization is more common. In other cultures you have more bizarre manifestations (or what we would consider bizarre).
      I guess it’s difficult to think of certain things or in certain terms if you don’t have the language to do it. (I can’t remember if it was Nicholas who wrote the article I’m talking about, and mentioned a tribe where they didn’t calculate as they had no numbers).
      I do think people who are articulate are more likely to use words to express themselves, whilst others might be more physical…
      Very interesting question, Connie!

      1. I’m fascinated by language and the written word. It can be a bit clumsy, especially if you’re speaking or writing a language that isn’t your native tongue; however, it continues to thrill me that I can read a translation of something written 3000 years ago and realise that people haven’t really changed. Of course, one might argue that the translation of ancient tongues is at best approximate and the translator is confined by his own mental constructs.

        1. olganm says:

          You’re right about that. I read a quote by Cicero recently complaining about youngsters not respecting their elders and everybody writing books, and you can’t help but think, some things never change. But it’s impossible (however hard you try) to not bring yourself into, not only your writing, but also your translating. More recently I’ve been doing some proofreading and editing translations and I find I have to be careful to do what I’ve been asked to do rather than just change it to how I’d say it. It’s a complicated business, as you have to interpret what the author wanted to say (and in the case of the Classics, they aren’t around to go and ask them, although I imagine if one has a good understanding of an author it might make some of the interpreting slightly easier) and try to make sure that is conveyed in the best way possible to the reader.
          But some expressions and turns of phrase are very specific to a language, and sometimes an author’s style might be quite difficult to replicate. I always find my own books are shorter in English than their Spanish versions. Some it’s down to articles, gender of words, etc, but some… Not so sure, but it happens even when I do other people translations. Maybe that’s why people think that in some Mediterranean countries we talk a lot. We need more words to same the same things…
          I’m also fascinated by language. My father always used to tell the story that even before I could read I was fascinated by letters and words and I would keep asking everybody what words meant. I guess I was born a reader. 🙂 Happy weekend!

  8. Hi Olga,

    I just wanted to say thank yo9u for the re-tweet and the like on my blog. I really appreciate it.

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks very much. I try and check the links in Twitter profiles as Tweets are a bit short to get to know what the person does. Good to know more people. Great community of bloggers around!

  9. very nice to meet you Olga and will be back to visit! Thanks for your follow!

    1. olganm says:

      Nice meeting you too!

    2. olganm says:

      And considering how bad I’m with images, I’m always in awe of people who can create images like you do. Amazing…

        1. olganm says:

          You’re achieving it! No trying involved:)

  10. Cathy says:

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog, Olga 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading yours, your bio is fascinating!

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks so much Cathy. Such fabulous blogs around!

  11. Hi Olga. I read a post or two of your bog tour recently (when I was on a blogiday) so I’m dead chuffed you’ve followed me. That way I’m shamed but delighted to sort out the follow back piece that I planned to do while away and which immediately slipped my sieve like mind on my return.

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks so much. I saw your interview in Hugh’s blog and couldn’t resist. I also saw you were (or had, not sure if you’d finished) done an MA in Sheffield Hallam (I live quite nearby and worked in Sheffield for nearly 8 years). The world is a very small place. Thanks so much. Bloggers had been very kind with the blog tour. 🙂

      1. Up in Shefield on Wednesday meeting some of my old classmates. We beta read and critique each other. Great city.

        1. olganm says:

          I remember it from a few years back (I’d done some locums here before I eventually moved. Now I live in Penistone) and it has changed enormously. For the better, I think. 🙂

          1. I have a vague 1990 memory of doing some work there, staying in a rather dark hotel near the Crucible and being pleased to leave,. Now it seems relaxed and (relatively) easy with itself.

          2. olganm says:

            Yes. I think you’re right. I remember reading years back that Sheffield was a rather ugly city in a lovely spot (indeed nature has been kind with this part of the country), but I think it’s turning around. 🙂

  12. I had no idea you were a psychiatrist Olga. I retired early after 27 years as a psychotherapist and Mental Health Director. No wonder we connect with each other. Mucho gusto mi amiga y salud~

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks Cindy! Mental Health Director… that’s a tall call. I guess combining it with the clinical work might have made it more fulfilling. I did leave the job over a year ago with many plans that for family reasons got derailed. Let’s hope I can explore them again. Feliz fin de semana!

  13. hi, very interesting background! I would love to see more of your blog!

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks very much. I’ve been away and not blogging much for the last few weeks but things should be back to normal soon.

  14. olganm says:

    Thanks Erika. I saw the post. Congratulations. At the moment I’m not participating in awards but thanks so much for your kindness. And all the best.

  15. olganm says:

    Thanks, Erika. I keep saving them thinking that at some point if things quiet down I’ll get them in circulation again…Have a lovely day.

    1. I hope you haver already reserved a room to store them before passing them on… haha!

      1. olganm says:

        You have a point!

  16. olganm says:

    Thanks so much, Erika. You’re a star!

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