Peony Literary Agency

Shirley Lee
[Jang Jin-sung Bio]


Shirley Lee is a writer, translator and composer. While reading Classics and Persian at Oxford, she co-translated the poetry of ten leading Chinese poets since the Cultural Revolution, as well as the love poems of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, which were broadcast on the BBC World Service. More recently, she translated for the Asia Literary Review poems by defected North Korean state poet Jang Jin-sung, who represented N. Korea at Poetry Parnassus as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. At present, she is translating the memoir of Jang Jin-sung and working on her first book: a memoir about herself and her family in the Korean context. She is also the editor of New Focus International, a website about North Korea from North Koreans exiles.

Shirley has worked on the adaptation of Jang's memoir, Dear Leader (USA, UK).







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