David Connolly

David John Connolly (born 1954) is an English-born Greek literary translator. He has translated poetry and novels from Greek to English, including writing by C.P. Kavafy, Nikiforos VrettakosOdysseas ElytisKiki Dimoula and Nikos Engonopoulos.


David Connolly was born in Sheffield. He studied ancient Greek at the University of Lancaster and medieval and modern Greek literature at Trinity College, Oxford before gaining a PhD from the University of East Anglia on the theory and practice of literary translation.[1] He has lived in Greece since 1979 and became a naturalized Greek citizen in 1998.[2] He was Head of Translation at the British Council in Athens from 1991 to 1994, and lectured in literary translation at the Ionian University from 1991 to 1997 and at the University of Athens from 1999 to 2000.[3] He has more recently taught at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Connolly's translated anthology The Dedalus Book of Greek Fantasy won the Hellenic Society's Modern Greek Translation Prize for 2004.