George Szirtes was born in Hungary in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. Having
studied Fine Art, he published the first of his so many books of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979. It
won the Faber Memorial Prize. In 2004 he was awarded the T S Eliot Prize for Reel, was also
shortlisted for two subsequent collections. His New and Collected Poems appeared in 2008. His
most recent book is Mapping the Delta (2016), a PBS Choice.
His translation of László Krasznahorkai's novel Satantango won the 2013 Best Translated Book
Award in the US as well as the translator’s prize in the Man Booker International 2015. He has
written three books of verse for children, one of them In the Land of the Giants (2012) winning the
CLPE Prize, and in 2019 his widely praised memoir of his mother, The Photographer at Sixteen
was published by MacLehose. His has also received awards in Hungary, Romania, America and
China. Volumes of his selected poems have appeared in those countries as well as in Italy and
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1982 he has worked extensively for press and
radio. He retired from teaching in 2013.