Francis R. Jones studied Serbo-Croat and German at Cambridge University, modern Yugoslav poetry at Sarajevo University (1977-78), and language learning / teaching methodology at Reading and Newcastle University. He is now a senior lecturer at Newcastle University, where he teaches translation studies, and researches the role of the poetry translator as creative rewriter and socio-political actor. He has published fifteen solo-translated volumes of poetry translations, mainly from Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian into English, but also from Dutch, Hungarian and Russian. He has also translated from French, German, Papiamento and Sranan, and into Northumbrian and Yorkshire dialect. He has been winner or runner-up for nine solo or team translation prizes in the UK, the USA, the Netherlands and Bosnia.