Magda’s Boy: How George Szirtes invented his mother

London Review Bookshop

Join us for the premiere screening of a new film about the life and work of poet George Szirtes, Magda’s Boy.

Szirtes’ latest book, The Photographer at Sixteen, is a memoir about his mother, Magda, a Hungarian photographer whose short but remarkable life encompassed world war, concentration camps, escape with her family from the communist bloc in 1956 and exile in English suburbia. It’s a subject Szirtes has tackled frequently in poetry, and now revisits in prose in what Edmund de Waal has described as ‘A truly remarkable book … fiercely compelling.’

In Magda’s Boy, filmmaker Anthony Wilks visits Szirtes to trace the stories, poems and photographs behind the memoir, and find out what it’s like to be a Hungarian-born poet living and working in a small market-town in Norfolk.

The 40-minute film will be followed by a discussion with George Szirtes, Anthony Wilks and Gareth Evans.


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