Brian Holton (born 11 July 1949) is the translator of Chinese “Misty” poet Yang Lian. He translates into English and Scots, and is the only currently-publishing Chinese-Scots translator in the world.

Holton was born in Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland, but spent his early years from 1949-1955 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Holton was educated in Scotland, at Larbert High School and Galashiels Academy, studying for Highers in Latin, Greek, French and English. He gained an MA 1st class Hons. (summa cum laude) in Chinese Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 1975, after which he carried out postgraduate research at Durham University from 1976-8.

this biography is an excerpt from Wikipedia


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