Patrick McGuinness was born in Tunisia in 1968 and lived in Bucharest in the years leading up to the Romanian revolution. He is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Anne’s College where he has taught since 1998. He now lives between Oxford and North West Wales. His poetry collections include The Canals of Mars (2004) and Jilted City (2010), which was long-listed for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2011 and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. McGuiness has also won an Eric Gregory Award, the American Poetry Foundations Levinson Prize and the Poetry Business Prize for his poetry, whilst his translation of Mallarmé’s For Anatole’s Tomb, was the Poetry Book Society’s Translation Choice.
McGuiness frequently writes and presents for radio. Some of his memorable pieces include A Short History of Stupidity and The Art of Laziness for BBC Radio 3. He has also discussed poetry, French culture and his own work as a poet and translator on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves and BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. McGuiness is also a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and The London Review of Books and reads and speaks at literary festivals in the UK, US, Canada, France, Czech Republic, Austria and Italy.
The Last Hundred Days (2011) is his first novel.