George Szirtes, poet and artist, came to England as a refugee at
the age of eight, following the Hungarian Uprising in 1956.
His family settled in London and he trained as a painter in Leeds
and London. His first book, The Slant Door, was published
in 1979, and went on to win the Faber Memorial prize. Szirtes
became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1982. His
return visits to Hungary from 1984 onwards have resulted in a
stream of translations into English. Szirtes now lives in Norfolk
where together with his wife, the painter Clarissa Upchurch, he ran
the Starwheel Press. In the autumn of 2007 he was appointed Reader
in Creative Writing at UEA. His latest poetry collection,
(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 are shortly
with Radio 3.