I am a freelance writer, translator and editor in the Russian-speaking world. Since finishing a degree in Russian in 2007 I have worked and travelled in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. I am now based in Norwich, England.

While working for a wine & spirits research agency (2015-2018) I visited 11 countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey) each year, to meet with alcohol companies, and write reports about consumer trends.

I have spent every spare moment travelling in these places, from little-known cities to remote wildernesses. I understand the cultures and histories of each of the former Soviet republics.

As a freelance writer and journalist I write about travel and culture in the Eurasia region for Lonely Planet, Bradt Guides and Open Central Asia magazine. My writing has been included in two anthologies: ‘The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World’ (a story about a train journey with a Chechen family) and Bradt Guides’ book ‘Kidding Around’ (a story about a trip to Bulgaria with my son). In the past I have been a features writer for Ukraine International Airlines and the media projects Russia Beyond and The Calvert Journal, among others.

I began my career as a Russian translator and English language proofreader – at law firms in Kiev, Ukraine (2007-2010), then at an event company in London, working on conferences in the CIS region for the oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, mining and other industries (2011-2015).

Since 2010 I have taken on freelance translation projects. I work for a Russian shipping company, for private companies in Moscow, and have translated hundreds of pages of legal materials for British High Court cases.

I am just as involved with creative projects. In 2019 I translated the novel ‘A Hundred Years on the Steppe’ (Skaz stoletnego stepnyaka’) by the Kazakh author Bayangali Alimzhanov. In 2020 I translated a collection of poems by the Russian poet Ekaterina Khlebnikova, and some writing by Natalya Stepanova, the ‘Siberian spirit-healer’. I also proofread novels translated into English for a publisher in the Netherlands.

In 2019 two of my photographs, from Almaty and Tashkent, were displayed at the exhibition ‘Daily Lives in Central Asia’ in Brussels, Belgium, organised by the European Union’s ‘SEnECA’ project. My photography has also been included in the exhibition ‘Artworks of Eurasia’ by the Eurasian Creative Guild, and published in the book ‘Remarkable Cricket Grounds’ (2016).

To discuss ways to work together, write to me at hello@jonathancampion.com.

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