Donald Adamson

Donald Adamson (b. 1943)
Donald Adamson
Donald Adamson



Donald Adamson is a poet and translator, and a teacher of creative writing and translation studies. 

Full Biography

Donald Adamson was born and brought up in Dumfries, but has lived abroad, most recently in Finland, where he lectured at the Universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä until his retirement. 

In 1995 he was awarded a Scottish Arts Council writers' bursary; he has published two pamphlets, and his work has been included in many anthologies. He has translated Finnish poets -The Gift of Imperfect Lives (2002) includes several versions of poems by Lassi Nummi, and a selection of his Finnish versions is included in How to address the fog: XXV Finnish poems 1978-2002  (Carcanet/Scottish Poetry Library, 2005), one of the XXV European Originals series of bilingual anthologies. 

Adamson is a member of the Solway Festival Poets and gives readings in many different venues, and he has collaborated with songwriters and musicians. He was a co-founder and editor of Markings literary magazine.

His poem ‘Fause Prophets’, which in 1999 won the Herald Millennium Poetry Competition, was buried in a time capsule under the walls of the Scottish Poetry Library.

Poems by Donald Adamson

Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

Clearer Water (Kirkcudbright: Wider Eye Publications, 1996)
The Gift of Imperfect Lives (Kirkcudbright: Markings Publications, 2002)
From Coiled Roots (Stoney Stanton: Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2013)
Glamourie (Beaworthy: Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2015)

As translator:

A Landscape Blossoms Within Me, by Eeva Kilpi, translated by Donald Adamson (Todmorden: Arc, 2014)