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In late January Europe House was invaded by 60 children, 17 teachers and 21 translators. This was Stage 2 of Translators in Schools, a training programme funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation and curated by Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Holmes that aims to widen the pool of translators with the skills to work in schools. Stage 1 had covered translation activities, lesson planning and classroom management; Stage 2 required the translators to put what they’d learnt into practice as they helped the children to translate a picture book. Stage 1 will run again at Roehampton University on Wednesday 30 April and there are still two places left. If you are interested in taking part, please email

7.30pm, Wednesday 7 May at Rich Mix, London, E1 6LA
Dash Arts and the Stephen Spender Trust present an evening of poetry, prose, music, discussion and film that will explore the remarkable work and life of Russian poet and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Entry is free but donations to the Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English will be gratefully received. With readings by Michael Pennington, a panel discussion with Glyn Maxwell and Valentina Polukhina, and live music from Nigel Burch and the Flea Pit Orchestra. To reserve your place, email

Four past winners of the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation have been awarded Hawthornden Fellowships for a special four-week translation session at Hawthornden Castle in January 2015, an additional prize described by a past recipient as a privilege beyond price. There is still time to enter the 2014 competition, which closes on Friday 23 May. Email the Trust for a free booklet of winning entries from previous years and finish polishing your translation.

Prize Poster 2014

Fifteen primary school teachers gathered at Eastside Educational Trust in Shoreditch in preparation for the three-day translation workshops that they will be hosting next term. They enjoyed a practical taste of some of the language-sharing games and exercises the project promotes, and looked at ways in which Translation Nation supports literacy in the classroom. The teachers are from the London boroughs of Newham, Islington, Enfield and Westminster, and from four schools in Kent and Northampton. If you'd like to volunteer to help with either primary or secondary workshops, please email

The Stephen Spender Trust promotes literary translation and widens knowledge about Stephen Spender and his circle of writers by means of readings, talks and a seminar series in partnership with the Institute of English Studies.

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