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Brian Holton

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Contact: ctbrianholton@gmail.com
Local authority: Scottish Borders
Languages: English, Scots
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I am a translator of modern and classical Chinese poetry and fiction, into both English and Scots. I have been a university teacher and broadcaster, and specialise in introducing my work to audiences, reading my work, either alone, or with the Chinese poet Yang Lian, with whom I have worked for more than 25 years.

I am also a poet, singer, and songwriter, and regularly perform on stage. I have appeared at literary festivals in many countries, given talks or readings in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Far East, and New Zealand.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Bilingual event; Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Comedy, humour & funny books; Translation

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Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+