George Szirtes is a well-known poet and translator. Born in Budapest in 1948, he came to England as a refugee in 1956. He is the author of a number of publications, including more than a dozen books of poetry and has won various awards and prizes including the T. S. Eliot Prize for Reel in 2005. His New and Collected Poems appeared in 2008 along with a study of his work, Reading George Szirtes by John Sears, both published by Bloodaxe. He co-edited Picador's New Writing 10 in 2001 with Penelope Lively.
His many translations from Hungarian include prose and poetry by authors such as Dezsö Kosztolányi, Zsuzsa Rakovszky, Gyula Krúdy, László Krasznahorkai and Sándor Márai. He has edited or co-edited and part-translated the anthologies The Colonnade of Teeth: Twentieth Century Hungarian Poetry (Bloodaxe 1996), The Lost Rider: Hungarian Poetry 16-20th Century, (Corvina, 1998) and An Island of Sound: Hungarian Fiction and Poetry at the Point of Change (Harvill, 2004).