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BIOGRAPHY: Michael Wilkinson

Michael Wilkinson was born and brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England. He attended Cambridge University, and, after graduating with a degree in Economics, subsequently attended Coventry College of Education, where he obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. In 1975, after having taught for one year in England and one year in Belgium, he took up a teaching post in eastern Finland. Since 1981 he has been a lecturer at the Savonlinna campus of the University of Joensuu. Nowadays he mainly teaches courses in translation from Finnish to English, oral expression and liaison interpreting. His wife, Arja, is a professional translator, working mainly from Finnish into English.