Robin Thompson (UK)

First degree: BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1988).

Second degree: MA Languages (Interpreting and Translating), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2005), first class honours.

Associate member of Institute of Translation and Interpreting Professional member of ProZ.com (translator website) A keen traveller in central Europe and the former Soviet countries, notably Central Asia.

Have lived in Germany (Frankfurt/Main and Leipzig, 2000-3), Russia (Moscow, 2004), Turkmenistan (Ashgabat, 2005-6), Turkey (Istanbul, 2008).

Freelance translator from Russian to English periodically since 1998. Currently developing a business specifically for tourism and culture translations concentrating on Central Asia (website to follow).

Translation from German since 2002.

Have informally acted as a guide and interpreter to visitors to the UK and also for groups to the fomer Soviet countries. A keen travel writer (see blog on recent trip to Almaty and Bishkek).

Other interests: cycling, hiking, museums, community baking, mindfulness meditation.

Currently based in Scotland, UK, working as a translator from home with occasional work

Translated & edited: Under the Wolf nest: A Turkic Rhapsody by Kairat Zakiryanov

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