Author Archives: Junying Kirk

About Junying Kirk

I came to Britain from China in 1988. I have worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. When not travelling to Courts & Police stations as a professional interpreter, I enjoy reading & writing books, travelling the world and blogging about my adventures :). My 'Journey to the West' trilogy - 'The Same Moon', 'Trials of Life' and 'Land of Hope' - have been published on Amazon (both on Kindle and paperbacks), Smashwords and iBook. I live in Birmingham, UK with my husband.

#Interpreting: “You Can Lead a Horse to Water But You Can’t Make it Drink”

We have a member of staff who speaks Chinese and English and we use her as an interpreter. She never had any interpreting training. I wonder if you can train her and make her more effective? The request email came … Continue reading

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#Nature’s Treat: #Birmingham Botanic Gardens in Beautiful Bloom

I am a big fan of Nature, and by extension most living things that Mother Nature nurtures and nourishes. During my school years in China, we had no computers, iPods and whatever gadgets children these days are bombarded with. I … Continue reading

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Tracing the Footsteps of My Literary Hero #ThomasHardy Along The Rolling Dorset Hills

Beeny Cliff March 1870 – March 1913 O the opal and the sapphire of that wandering western sea, 
 And the woman riding high above with bright hair flapping free –
 The woman whom I loved so, and who loyally … Continue reading

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#Sex in Serious #Literature: How Much and How Explicit?

Before attending Birmingham Writers’s Group’s (BWG) anonymous manuscript meeting last Wednesday evening, I submitted a short chapter from my current W.I.P. Since my new book is still in its early stages, I will not release details as to exactly what … Continue reading

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