Adam Czerniawski is a leading poet and prose writer in Polish and a translator of Polish literature and philosophy. He was born in Warsaw, but left Poland during the war for Istanbul and then Palestine. He eventually settled in England in 1947, where he studied English literature and philosophy at London, Oxford and Sussex universities. He now lives in Wales and has worked in a range of academic and literary posts. His Selected Poems 1953-1978 appeared in Poland in 1982. He has also translated multiple volumes by Tadeusz Różewicz and is the author of The Burning Forest (Bloodaxe, 1988), translations of seventeen Polish poets. Reflecting on the changes that Polish poets faced throughout the twentieth-century, Czerniawski edited a collection of essays in The Mature Laurel: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry (1995).