The British Council introduces George Szirtes as follows:
George Szirtes was born in 1948 in Budapest and came to England as a refugee following the Hungarian Uprising in 1956.
He trained as a painter in Leeds and London, and is the author of several collections of poetry, his first being The Iron Clouds (1975. His Selected Poems 1976-1996 appeared in 1996, and his New and Collected Poems in 2008. His poetry collection Reel (2004) was awarded the 2004 T.S.Eliot Prize. He has also edited poetry books, including co-editing The Colonnade of Teeth: Twentieth Century Hungarian Poetry (1996) and An Island of Sound: Hungarian Poetry and Fiction before and beyond the Iron Curtain (2004).
He has also written many works of translation, including those of writers Agnes Nemes Nagy, Otto Orban, Zsuzsa Rakovszky, Sándor Márai and Ferenc Karinthy; books for children, including The Red-all-over Riddle Book (1997), and a study of the work of artist Ana Maria Pacheco, entitled Exercise of Power: The Art of Ana Maria Pacheco (2001).
Many works have been written for radio, and he has appeared as critic and cultural broadcaster on various programmes. He is also the author of sixteen plays, musicals, opera libretti and oratorios, including Air Kissing, written with composer Jane Wells, which was premiered in 2003, and most recently Shuck, Hick, Tiffey: Three Norfolk Libretti (2008).
George Szirtes 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 New and Collected Poems was published in 2008, and his latest book of poetry is The Burning of the Books and other poems (2009), shortlisted for the 2009 T. S. Eliot Prize.
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