George Szirtes is a poet, translator and biographer.
George Szirtes is a poet whose first book of poems, The Slant Door, was joint winner of the Faber Prize in 1979. His collection, Reel, won the 2004 TS Eliot Prize, for which he has been twice shortlisted since. His memoir of his mother The Photographer at Sixteen, published by MacLehose in 2019, 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 and again in 2018, when Szirtes shared the translator’s prizes with Ottilie Mulzet. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.