George Szirtes is a poet and translator. He was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England as a refugee in 1956, following the Hungarian Uprising. His thirteen books of poetry, which include New and Collected Poems (2008), have won the Faber Prize, the Cholmondeley Award and a number of other awards. His 2004 book Reel was awarded the T S Eliot Prize. He has also won various prizes as a translator of poetry and fiction from the Hungarian. His earlier translations from László Krasznahorkai include The Melancholy of Resistance (1999) and War and War (2005).