George Szirtes 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. Since then he has published numerous collections, including Reel which won the TS Eliot Prize in 2015 and, most recently, Mapping the Delta (Bloodaxe, 2016). He has also translated poetry, fiction and other work, chiefly from Hungarian. He teaches at the University of East Anglia.