Welcome to my website!
My name is Timothy Adès. I was born in 1941 and have degrees in classics and international business. I translate mainly French, German and Spanish poems into English, tending to work with rhyme and metre.
I have written 9 books to date translating Robert Desnos, Victor Hugo, Jean Cassou, Alfonso Reyes, and Alberto Arvelo Torrealba.
Other favourites are Brecht, Sikelianós, Nerval, Louise Labé, Ricarda Huch, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Hans/Jean Arp.
I was a King’s Scholar at Eton College, won the Newcastle Scholarship in 1959 and then attended Balliol College, Oxford and at INSEAD, Fontainebleau. I am a member of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Trustee of Agenda poetry magazine.
My awards include the John Dryden Prize and the TLS Premio Valle–Inclán Prize.
My Poems – mostly translations
This site has a ‘Poems’ section which is being expanded. Many more of my poems can be found on BRINDINPRESS, alongside the original foreign texts. I’m easily found there under Translators.
Read more on my books page and the critical appreciation page.