George Szirtes: Curriculum Vitae

Address: 16, Damgate Street, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0BQ
Telephone: 01953-603533 / 07752713533
Society of Authors membership no :  36165

Books (titles, publishers, dates, ISBNs):

1978 Poetry Introduction 4 with Craig Raine, Alan Hollinghurst, Alistair Elliott, Anne Cluysenaar and Cal Clothier (Faber & Faber) 0-571-11127-0 
1979 The Slant Door (Secker & Warburg) 436-50997-0 
1981 November and May (Secker & Warburg) 0-436-50996-2 
1984 Short Wave (Secker & Warburg) 0-436-50998-9
1986 The Photographer in Winter (Secker & Warburg) 0-436-50995-4
1988 Metro (OUP) 0-19-282096-6
1991 Bridge Passages (OUP) 0-19-282821-5
1994 Blind Field (OUP) 0-19-282387-6
1996 Selected Poems (OUP) 0-19-283223-9
1997 The Red All Over Riddle Book (Faber, for children) 9780571178070
1998 Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape (OUP,)  0-19-288091-8
2000 The Budapest File (Bloodaxe) 1-85224-531-X
2001 An English Apocalypse (Bloodaxe) 1-85224-574-3 
2004 A Modern Bestiary with artist Ana Maria Pacheco (Pratt Contemporary Art) 
2004 Reel (Bloodaxe) 1-85224-676-6
2008 The Burning of the Books (Circle)  978-0-9561869-0-4
2008 New and Collected Poems (Bloodaxe) 978-1-85224-813-0
2008 Shuck, Hick, Tiffey: Three Regional Libretti (Gatehouse) 978-0-9554770-8-9
2009 The Burning of the Books and Other Poems (Bloodaxe) 978-1-85224-842-0
2012 In the Land of the Giants (Salt) 978-1-84471-451-3
2013 Bad Machine (Bloodaxe) 978-1-85224-957-1
2015 56 (Arc) with Carol Watts to appear later this year
2015 Notes on the Inner City (Eyewear) to appear later this year

1989 Imre Madách: The Tragedy of Man, verse play (Corvina / Puski 1989) 978-963-13-5850-6 
1989 Sándor Csoóri: Barbarian Prayer. Selected Poems. (part translator, Corvina 1989) 
1989 István Vas: Through the Smoke. Selected Poems. (editor and part translator, Corvina, 1989) 9789631330694
1991 Dezsö Kosztolányi: Anna Édes. Novel. (Quartet, 1991/ ND 1993) 0-8112-1255-6
1993 Ottó Orbán: The Blood of the Walsungs. Selected Poems. (editor and majority translator, Bloodaxe, 1993) 1-85224-203-5
1994 Zsuzsa Rakovszky: New Life. Selected Poems. (editor and translator, OUP March, 1994) 0-19-283089-9
1998 László Krasznahorkai: The Melancholy of Resistance (Quartet / ND) 0-8112-1450-8
1999 Gyula Krúdy: The Adventures of Sindbad short stories (CEUP, 1999, NYRB) 978-1-59017-445-6
2003 The Night of Akhenaton: Selected Poems of Ágnes Nemes Nagy (editor-translator, Bloodaxe) 1-85224-641-3
2004 Sándor Márai: Conversation in Bolzano (Knopf / Random House, 2004) 0-375-41337-5
2004 László Krasznahorkai: War and War (New Directions, 2005) 0-8112-1609-8 
2005 Sándor Márai: The Rebels (Knopf / Random House) 978-0-375-40757-4
2008 Ferenc Karinthy: Metropole (Telegram) 9781846590344
2009 Sándor Márai: Esther’s Inheritance (Knopf/ Random House) 978-1-4000-4500-6
2011 Sándor Márai: Portaits of a Marriage (Knopf / Random House) 978-1-4000-4501-3
2012 Yudit Kiss: The Summer My Father Died (Telegram) 978-1-84659-094-8
2012 László Krasznahorkai: Satantango (New Directions) 9781848877658
2014 Magda Szabó: Iza’s Ballad (Random House) 978-1-846-55265-6

1991 Birdsuit: writing from Norwich School of Art and Design (9 vols) - 2000
1995 Freda Downie, Collected Poems (Bloodaxe) 1-85224-301-5
1996 The Colonnade of Teeth (co-ed with George Gömöri (Bloodaxe) 1-85224-331-7
1997 The Lost Rider: Hungarian Poetry 16-20th Century, an anthology, editor and chief translator (Corvina, 1998) 963-13-4967-5
2001 New Writing 10, Anthology of new writing co-edited with Penelope Lively (Picador) 9780330482684
2004 An Island of Sound: Hungarian fiction and poetry at the point of change (co-editor) (Harvill) 978-1846555565
2010 New Order: Hungarian  Poets of the Post-1989 Generation (Arc) 9781906570507
2012 In Their Own Words: Contemporary Poets on Their Poetry, with Helen Ivory (Salt) 978-1-907773-21-1

2001 Exercise of Power: The Art of Ana Maria Pacheco (Lund Humphries) 9780853318279
2010 Fortinbras at the Fishhouses: responsibility, the Iron Curtain and the sense of history as knowledge. Three lectures. (Bloodaxe) 978-1-85224-880-2

Performed Works (dates, titles and venues of performed works):
Over twenty plays, libretti, and other texts for music, mostly performed but not for professional stage

BBC radio and TV, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The TLS, Poetry Review, Poetry London, Magma, and many others. Mostly reviews of literature or art, some columns or essays, occasional pieces on Hungary and miscellaneous matters.

1980 Faber Memorial Prize for The Slant Door
1982 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
1984 Arts Council Travelling Scholarship,
1986 Cholmondeley Prize
1990 Déry Prize for Translation The Tragedy of Man
1991 Gold Star of the Hungarian Republic
1992 Short listed for Whitbread Poetry Prize for Bridge Passages
1995 European Poetry Translation Prize for New Life
1996 Shortlisted for Aristeion Translation Prize New Life
1999 Sony Bronze Award, 1999 - for contribution to BBC Radio Three, Danube programmes
1999 Shortlisted for Weidenfeld Prize for The Adventures of Sindbad
2000 Shortlisted for Forward Prize Single Poem: Norfolk Fields
2002 George Cushing Prize for Anglo-Hungarian Cultural Relations
2002 Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship
2003 Leverhulme Research Fellowship
2004 Pro Cultura Hungarica medal
2005 T. S. Eliot Prize, for Reel
2005 Shortlisted for Weidenfeld Prize for the Night of Akhenaton
2005 Shortlisted for Popescu Translation Prize for The Night of Akhenaton
2007 Laureate Prize, Days and Nights of Poetry Festival, Romania
2008 Bess Hokin Prize (USA) Poetry Foundation
2008 Made Fellow of the English Association
2009 Shortlisted for T S Eliot Prize with The Burning of the Books
2013 Shortlisted for T S Eliot Prize with Bad Machine
2013 Best Translated Book Award (USA) for László Krasznahorkai’s Satantango
2013 CLPE Prize for best book of poetry for children with In the Land of the Giants
2014 Made Honorary Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Letters (see above)
2014 Made Honorary Fellow of Goldsmith’s College, London
2015 Translator of László Krasznahorkai winner Man Booker International Prize

Professional Society Memberships:
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Fellow of the English Association
Member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Letters (Széchenyi Akadémia)
Honorary Fellow, Goldsmiths College London
Society of Authors
Poetry Society
Poetry Book Society
Poems on the Underground

International Conferences, Tours and Festivals
Struga, Leuven, Athens, Paris, Delhi, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Arizona, Berlin, German Universities Tour (Munster, Dusseldorf, Bonn, Regensburg, Freiburg and others), Singapore, Malaysia, Iraq (Erbil), Shanghai, Malatya (Turkey)

Education and Appointments
Membership of Committees, Positions of Responsibility
As external examiner:
1997-? City and Guilds, BA in Humanities
2000-2003  Nottingham Trent University, MA in Writing
2003-2006 Trinty College, Dublin MPhil in Creative Writing
2006-2009 Bath Spa University, MA in Creative Writing
2009-2013 University of Newcastle, MA in Creative Writing

Examined PhDs at various universities, including some of the above and Manchester, Queen’s Belfast, Chichester, UEA and others...

Patron of the National Academy of Writing, 2002
On Advisory Panel of the British Centre for Literary Translation, 2002- 2006
Advisory Board of Poetry Book Society, 2004-2014 (Chair 2009-2012, interim 2013-2014)

1960 - 1968 Kingsbury County Grammar School: 4 A levels, 8 O levels
1968 - 1969 Harrow School of Art Foundation certificate
1969 - 1972 Leeds College of Art and Design BA (1st Hons) in Fine Art
Travelling Scholarship (Italy) Art History Prize
1972 - 1973 Goldsmiths College, U of London ATC
2005 PhD by Publication, Anglia Ruskin (Polytechnic) University

Teaching Posts Held
1973 - 1974 Teacher of Art (p/t) Cheshunt School, Herts, Teaching evening classes in literature, Hitchin College
1974 - 1975 Teacher of English (p/t) Hitchin School, Teaching evening classes in literature, Hitchin College
1975 - 1981 Head of Art, Hitchin Girls School Teaching on Arvon Foundation (almost every year since 1980)
1980 - 1984 On Literature Panel of (then) Eastern Arts Board
1982 - 1989 Director of Art, St Christopher School, Letchworth
1989 - 1992 Director, then teacher of art on pro rata basis
1989 - 1991 Visiting lecturer Norwich School of Art and Design
1991 - 1994 Set up Creative Writing course for BA Cultural Studies, NSAD, teaching p/t
1994 - 2005 0.5 SL, Co-ordinator of Creative Writing. BA Cultural Studies, NSAD
2006 - 2013 Reader in Creative Writing, University of East Anglia

No comments: