About

Timothy Ades

Timothy Ades

Translator, Reviewer

Timothy Ades, born 1941, has degrees in classics and international business. He translates poems into English, mainly from French, German and Spanish, also from Greek. He works mostly with rhyme and metre. Lipograms are a sideline.

Timothy Ades, born 1941, has degrees in classics and international business. He translates poems into English, mainly from French, German and Spanish, also from Greek. He works mostly with rhyme and metre. Lipograms are a sideline.
His eight books to date are:


• Victor Hugo, How to be a Grandfather, Hearing Eye 2002; new Complete Edition 2012
• Hugo, The Big Story of the Lion, Hearing Eye, 2014: a poem from Grandfather: fold-out, with art by Emily Johns. Both Hugo books are English text only.
• Jean Cassou, 33 Sonnets of the Resistance (composed and memorised in a Vichy prison), Arc Publications 2002. Bilingual.

• Cassou, The Madness of Amadis, Agenda Editions 2008. Bilingual.
• Alberto Arvelo, Florentino and the Devil, Shearsman, 2014: cattlemen of Venezuela, rapid-rhyming duel. Bilingual.
Loving by Will, Dempsey & Windle, 2016: Shakespeare’s 154 Sonnets with my versions alongside, not using letter e. Much easier to follow!
• Robert Desnos, Storysongs/Chantefables: for good children to sing to any tune: with translations by Timothy Adès and illustrations by Cat Zaza. Agenda Editions, 2014. Fully bilingual, double–fronted book.
Robert Desnos, Surrealist, Lover, Resistant: 527 pages, bilingual text, his poems with my versions. From Arc Publications, 2017.

Other favourites are Brecht, and the Mexican, Alfonso Reyes; Sikelianós, Nerval, Louise Labé, Ricarda Huch, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Hans/Jean Arp; but Robert Desnos, 1900–45, is the most exciting French poet of the last century. Timothy’s awards: the John Dryden Prize and the TLS Premio Valle–Inclán Prize; two others for translations; and a Flamingofeather Prize for a long poem with no vowels except e.

Active website: www.timothyades.com


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