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(born 1942) studied French, German and Dutch at Cambridge University before specialising in Dutch poetry for his PhD. He also holds a Scandinavian degree in English and German. He moved to Scandinavia in 1968 and lives at present in Odense, Denmark. He has been active as a translator for almost 20 years, mostly of works to do with art, culture, philosophy and education and is the winner this year, for non-fiction, of the first NORLA translation prize. He has also translated considerable quantities of poetry into English, mainly from Dutch and Danish. For more info: http://www.johnirons.com