George Szirtes elected to Hungarian Academy

UEA Reader in Poetry, George Szirtes, has been elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as an Associate Fellow.  The Academy comprises 48 members, with ten international associate members.  Last month George (pictured) was the recipient of the Best Translated Book Award (BTBA) for his translation from the Hungarian of László Krasznahorkai’s novel ‘Satantango’.   Also in May he won the won the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Poetry Award for his book of poems for children, ‘In The Land of Giants’.  His most recent collection of poetry, ‘Bad Machine’, was published by Bloodaxe in January and subsequently nominated as Poetry Book Society Choice, guaranteeing its place on this year’s TS Eliot Prize shortlist.

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