Anthony Hirst

ANTHONY HIRST was born in Huddersfield, in the north of England, in 1945. He studied Theology and English at Cambridge in the mid 1960s. Then, after working as a librarian in London and Huddersfield, he spent eighteen months doing research for Amnesty International (covering  Greece under the Junta, Iraq and Indonesia), before drifting into a career as (successively) furniture maker, building contractor and architectural designer. When architectural work become scarce in 1990, he worked for two and half years as a postman in East London, before resuming university studies in 1992 at King’ College London, where he studied Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek language and literature, completing a PhD on the use and abuse of religious language by Palamas, Sikelianos and Elytis, published as God and the poetic ego (Peter Lang, 2004). After a year as a research fellow at Princeton University, he taught for ten years in the Institute of Byzantine Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. Since “retiring” in 2010, he has become increasingly involved in translation, editing and publishing. As editor and publisher (Colenso Books) his focus is on translations of Greek literature, but the main project is the republication or first-time publication of the life’s work of Theodore Stephanides. He has co-edited two multidisciplinary volumes of essays, Alexandria, real and imagined (with Michael Silk, Ashgate, 2004) and The Ionian Islands: aspects of their history and culture (with Patrick Sammon, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014); and has edited the Greek text of the main body of Cavafy’s poetry for a dual-language edition of The Collected Poems (OUP, 2007) in the Oxford World’s Classics series. He is also the Course Director of the International Byzantine Greek Summer School, currently at Trinity College Dublin.