Keith was born in Buckinghamshire in 1937 and studied French at Reading, Paris and Caen Universities. For most of his working life he was with the BBC World Service. In 1981 he made a lecture tour of the Middle East for the BBC and British Council.
He has been a corresponding member of the Finnish Literature Society since 1980, and was awarded a Finnish State Prize for Translators in 1978. In 1991 he was made a Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, and in 2001 was granted a pension from the Royal Literary Fund.
Keith is primarily a poet - he has published a few collections - and he regards the translation of poetry as part of the job. He has translated from about 40 languages, often in collaboration. Publications include: "Mallarmé - The Poems" (1977), "From the Theorems of Master Jean de La Ceppède" (1983), "The Kalevala" (Finnish epic, 1989), "Luis de Camões: Epic & Lyric" (1990), "The Kanteletar" (Finnish lyrics & ballads, 1992), "A Centenary Pessoa" (1995), "Eve Blossom Has Wheels" (German love poetry, 1997), "Skating on the Sea" (poetry from Finland, 1997). He has contributed to numerous journals and written hundreds of radio scripts. He is also an organist.
Keith can be contacted on 01753 525249.