George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956. He was brought up in London and studied Fine Art in London and Leeds. His first book, The Slant Door, was published in 1979 won the Faber Memorial prize the following year. Since then he has published many books and his other prizes include the T S Eliot Prize for Reel in 2005. His latest collection is Bad Machine (Bloodaxe, 2013). He works extensively as a translator of poems, novels, plays and essays for which he has won various prizes and awards. He has also written Exercise of Power, a study of the artist Ana Maria Pacheco, and, together with Penelope Lively, edited New Writing 10 published by Picador in 2001. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1982. He is a former Guest Editor of The Poetry Review. George Szirtes lives near Norwich with his wife, the painter Clarissa Upchurch.