Dr George Szirtes

George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee with his family, following the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Trained in Fine Art, his first book, The Slant Door was joint winner of the Faber Prize in 1980. He has published several books since then that have brought him the Cholmondeley Award and, most recently, the T S Eliot Prize for Reel (2004). His New and Collected Poems were published in 2008 and his most recent of his fourteen books of poems, The Burning of the Books and Other Poems  was also shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1982 and of the English Association in 2004.

He has also won a series of prizes and awards as translator of some fourteen Hungarian novels and books of poetry since 1984,

Trained as an artist, has written plays, librettos for operas and musicals as well as for radio and has worked widely as reporter for the national press. He works collaboratively with both composers and visual artists.

Related Sessions
Tuesday 29 October 2013, 6.45pm International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY

Publications

The Burning of the Books and Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2009)
New & Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2008)

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