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Sutherland-Smith, James


James Sutherland-Smith was born in Aberdeen and was educated at Leeds University. He set up the first Creative Writing Course in English in Central Europe, using writers from Britain and Ireland. His work as a Peacekeeping Manager enabled him to experience first-hand the difficult era of transition in the Balkans particularly through his close contact and work with the armed forces of Serbia and Montenegro. His previous poetry collections include A Singer from Sabiya (1979), Naming of the Arrow (1980) and At the Skin Resort (1999). He has published two Carcanet collections, the most recent of which is Popeye in Belgrade (2008). James Sutherland-Smith and his wife Viera are the principal translators of Slovak poetry into English, with a number of collections of individual poets and three major anthologies published in Britain, America, Canada and Slovakia.

- Four Poetry and Audience Poets P&A, Leeds 1971
- A Poetry Quintet Gollancz, London 1976
- The Death of Orpheus Words Etc., London 1976
- Trapped Water Earthgrip, London 1977
- Death of a Vixen Many Press, London 1978
- A Singer from Sabiya Many Press, London 1979
- Naming of the Arrow Salamander Imprint, London 1981
- The Country of Rumour Many Press, London 1985
- At the Skin Resort Arc Publications, Todmorden 1999
- In the Country of Birds Carcanet, Manchester 2003
- Popeye in Belgrade Carcanet, Manchester 2008


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