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The Times Stephen Spender Prize 2011

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14-and-under prize


Joint winner: Giles Robinson, Breakfast by Jacques Prévert (French)
Joint winner: Anamay Viswanathan, Children of the Sun and Wind by Mohammed Ebnu (Spanish)


Derek Lam, The Ballad of Mulan anon (Classical Chinese)
Charlie Mack, A Dream for Winter by Arthur Rimbaud (French)

18-and-under prize


First: Andrew Wynn Owen, from The Whale anon (Anglo-Saxon)
Joint second: Joel Farrance, As by Robert Desnos (French)
Joint second: William Kennaway, In the Jaws of Luxury... by Petronius (Latin)
Joint second: Phoebe Power, Blood Orange by Jacques Prévert (French)


Iman Ahmedani, From the Child to His Foot by Pablo Neruda (Spanish)
Oscar Davies, Open Windows by Victor Hugo (French)
Isobel Gooder, Good Advice for Lovers by Victor Hugo (French)
Holly Whiston, Fragment 31 by Sappho (Ancient Greek)

Open prize


First: Meghan Purvis, The Collar from Beowulf, anon (Anglo-Saxon)
Second: Martin Bennett, Toto Merumeni by Guido Gozzano (Italian)
Third: Henry Stead, from Medea by Seneca (Latin)


Jane Draycott, The Man in the Moon anon (Old English)
Adam Elgar, Sonnet 32 by Gaspara Stampa (Italian)
Meghan Purvis, Modthryth from Beowulf, anon (Anglo-Saxon)
Sam Riviere, Tristia by Osip Mandelstam (Russian)
Patricia Roseberry, The Murderer’s Wine by Charles Baudelaire (French)
John Turner, Sagesse III, XII by Paul Verlaine (French)
John Turner, Parsifal by Paul Verlaine (French)