“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Oor Man in China returns – to a prize for Chinese poetry in Scots


A Border man’s translation of 8th-century Chinese poetry into Scots has impressed 2012 Stephen Spender Prize judges. The national competition challenges people to translate a poem from any modern or classical language into English. ...

Brian, a former Galashiels Academy pupil, Selkirk museum curator and presenter on BBC Radio Tweed, is what Borderers would call “a man o’ pairts”. The 63-year old is hailed as the foremost translator from Chinese in his generation, and the only currently-publishing Chinese-Scots translator in the world.

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Congratulations, Brian!

Helen Wang, November 16, 2012, 7:53a.m.


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