Patrick McGuinness is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Anne’s College where he has taught since 1998. He lives in North West Wales. His poetry is published by Carcanet and he has won an Eric Gregory Award, the American Poetry Foundations Levinson Prize in 2003 and the Poetry Business Prize in 2006. He frequently writes and presents for radio, eg “A Short History of Stupidity” and “The Art of Laziness” for R3 and Night Waves and Women’s Hour on poetry, French culture and his own work as a poet and translator. His translation of Mallarme’s For Anatole’s Tomb, 2004 was the Poetry Book Society’s Translation Choice. His other books include studies of theatre, French culture and literature. Patrick is a frequent contributor to TLS, and TLRB and reads and speaks at literary festivals in UK , US, Canada , France , Czech Republic , Austria and Italy .