Szirtes, George

Taught at the UEA : 2008 - 2014

Biography

George Szirtes was a Reader in Creative Writing from 2008 until his retirement in 2014.  Born in Budapest in 1948, he came to England as a refugee following the Hungarian Uprising in 1956. He trained a painter and is the author (and editor) of numerous collections of poetry, the first of which, The Slant Door, won the Faber Memorial Prize.  Reel, published in 2005, won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and his poem 'Song' won the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem). As a translator of poetry, prose and drama from the Hungarian he has won The European Poetry Translation Prize, the Dery Prize, the Pro Cultura Hungaria medal, and the Gold Star of the Hungarian Republic, as well as being twice shortlisted for the Weidenfeld Prize.  A critical study of his work by John Sears, Reading George Szirtes, was published in 2008, and his own collection of lectures Fortinbras at the Fishhouses: Responsibility, the Iron Curtain and the Sense of History as Knowledge was published in 2010.

Works

  • The Slant Door (1979)
  • November and May (1981)
  • Short Wave (1984)
  • Blind Field (1994)
  • Selected Poems (1996)
  • The Budapest File (2000)
  • An English Apocalypse (2001)
  • Reel (2004)
  • The Burning of the Books (2009)
  • Fortinbras at the Fishhouses: Responsibility, the Iron Curtain and the Sense of History as Knowledge (2010)
  • Bad Machine (2013)
  • The Photographer at Sixteen (2019)