Born in Budapest in 1948, poet and artist George Szirtes came to
England as a refugee, following the Hungarian Uprising in
1956. His family settled in London and he trained as a painter
in Leeds and London. His return visits to Hungary from 1984 onwards
have resulted in a stream of translations into English.
George became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in
1982 and has since won many awards for his work. He lives in
Norfolk where he teaches Creative Writing at the Norwich School of
Art and Design and the University of East Anglia. His latest poetry
collection, Reel (2004), was awarded the 2004 T S Eliot
Prize. His translation of Sándor Márai’s novel, The
Rebels, was published in 2007 and his Collected and New
Poems will appear in 2008.