Tony O’Donnell


Tony O’Donnell, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1934, educated at an English grammar school, and at a technical college. In the 1950s, he served in the British army with UN forces in Korea, and as a "specialist" radar operator was recalled to the army in 1956 at the time of the "Suez crisis" and saw active service in that campaign in Cyprus. Having a natural facility with words, and loving all literature but most especially the most precise and condensed form of poetry, which inspired his work of translation, he translates some Vietnamese poems into English, though not speaking or reading Vietnamese, with the assistance received from the writers involved as well as from his Vietnamese friends. Settled firstly in England, and from 1956 in Australia where he spent much of his life, Tony O’Donnell currently lives in Australia.

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