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George Szirtes

George Szirtes

George Szirtes is a poet whose first book of poems, The Slant Door, was joint winner of the Faber Prize in 1979. He has published many since then, his collection, Reel, winning in 2004 the T S Eliot Prize, for which he has been twice shortlisted since. His latest is Mapping the Delta (Bloodaxe 2016). His memoir of his mother, The Photographer at Sixteen, was published by MacLehose in February 2019; it won the East Anglian Book Prize for Memoir and Biography and the 2020 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography. His many translations from Hungarian include the work of László Krasznahorkai who won the Man Booker International Prize in 2015; Szirtes shared the translator’s prize with Ottilie Mulzet.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.