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Donald Adamson

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Email donaldadamson@gmail.com
Local authority: Dumfries and Galloway
Languages: English, Scots
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As a poet and translator, I have taught creative writing, song and translation to non-native speakers. I am interested in the space between languages (e.g. Scots, English, Finnish) and what it means to choose one language or another.

Themes of belonging and dispersal are important to me. I enjoy writing rhyming verse, verse for occasions, songs - working with composers (e.g. with Ali Burns in Castle-Douglas or Robin Erskine in Paisley) and musicians (e.g. World Music Group Värttinä) has been a particular pleasure.

I write in English and Scots. In 1995 I was awarded a Scottish Arts Council writer's bursary. I have lived in France and the Middle East, have lectured in the universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä, Finland, and have translated many Finnish poems. I have won prizes in many poetry competitions; also translation competitions, including First Prize in Sangschaw Competition (2017).

My new pamphlet collection is All Coming Back, published by Roncadora Press in 2019, touches particularly on themes of the third age of life, considered ironically, humorously, or poignantly. (Photo credit: Katri Wallenius)

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Dumfries and Galloway; Edinburgh City; Glasgow City

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL)

Topics of work

Ageing; Childhood; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Translation; World War 1

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30