George Szirtes (b1948) was born in Budapest and left Hungary in 1956. His first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979 and won the Faber Memorial Prize. After the publication of his second book, November and May, 1982, he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Since then he has published several books and won various other prizes including the T S Eliot Prize for Reel in 2005. His New and Collected Poems was published in 2008 by Bloodaxe Books. He has also translated poetry, fiction and other work, chiefly from Hungarian. He teaches at the University of East Anglia.
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