ABOUT ME / WORK WITH ME

I am a writer, editor and translator based in Norfolk, England. Since finishing a degree in Russian in 2007 my work has been connected with Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. If you know a company or organisation that may be interested in working with me, please feel free to get in touch.

For three years as a market analyst in the wine & spirits industry I travelled to 11 countries – Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – to meet with 80 alcohol companies and put together analytical and statistical reports. I know these places well and understand their cultures and histories.

Before this I spent eight years as a Russian translator and English-language proofreader at international companies; three of them at law firms in Kiev, Ukraine, then five years at a company in London that organised industry conferences in Russia and elsewhere in the CIS. Since 2010 I have also taken on freelance translation projects: my translations have been published in the Guardian newspaper and used in high-profile court cases.

My writing has been published in three books: ‘The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World’ (2009 – a story about a train journey with a Chechen family), the 2014 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (a report of a cricket tournament in Uzbekistan), and in the Bradt Travel Guides anthology ‘Kidding Around’ (2019 – a story about a trip to Bulgaria with my son). I have also been the features writer for Ukraine International Airlines’ ‘Panorama’ magazine, and written for the IWSR Magazine (wines & spirits), Russia Beyond The Headlines (technology, sport), The Calvert Journal (Eurasian culture, travel) and Caravanistan (travel in Central Asia).

In April 2019 two of my photographs (from Almaty and Tashkent) were displayed at the exhibition ‘Daily Lives in Central Asia’, organised by the European Union’s ‘SEnECA’ project and hosted by the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium. My photography has also been published in the book ‘Remarkable Cricket Grounds’ (2016), and on the website of the BBC television programme QI.

I am reliable and ambitious. I have finished work to difficult deadlines while stuck in a snowdrift in Georgia, during the anti-government protests and revolution in Armenia in 2018, in the Russian Arctic, in Kyrgyz and Azerbaijani warehouses, and on numerous airport floors.

To discuss ways to work together, get in touch with me by email at jon.campion@yahoo.co.uk.

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