Saturday 28 March 7.00pm for 7.30pm
George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948 and came to England in 1956 after the Hungarian Uprising. He is the author of some fifteen books of poetry and roughly the same of translation from Hungarian. He was joint winner, with Hugo William, of the Faber Prize with his first book, The Slant Door (1979) and has won a number of prizes since. In 2004 he was awarded the T S Eliot Prize for his book, Reel, and was shortlisted for the prize again in 2009 for The Burning of the Books and for Bad Machine Subsequent awards and prizes, including International awards for translation, are too numerous to mention. George will be reading from his many collections.
“Brilliantly virtuosic” Douglas Dunn, Eliot Prize judge
“His triumph is to wring lyrical language from grim subjects without averting his eyes” Peter Porter, The Observer
Donald Adamson is both poet and translator, dividing time between Galloway and Finland; co-founder of Markings; first prize Herald Millennium Competition, prize-winner McCash Scots Poetry Competition, 2014. His new collection Glamourie, which has a Scottish background, is due this year from Indigo Dreams Publications. Donald will read from A Landscape Blossoms Within Me ( pub: Arc 2014), his fine translations of Eeva Kilpi, one of Finland's best-loved writers, and a Nobel Prize nominee.
‘…individualistic, sincere, rhythmically subtle, holding and exploring a genuine vision of the world…’ James McGonigal, Former Editor New Writing Scotland)
" Urgent, honest, compulsive, funny - poems I'd send to friends who say they don't like poetry." Jen Hadfield