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Prize Poster

Just four weeks left to enter the 2015 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation, which offers prizes in three categories – Open, 18-and-under and 14-and-under – and closes on 22 May. We welcome translations into English of poems from any language, ancient or modern, but entrants must be residents or citizens of the UK or Ireland.

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Are you interested in using poetry translation in the classroom or looking for some guidance about translating poetry? Read some general notes on translating poetry, consider the judges’ advice to those thinking of entering the Stephen Spender Prize, see George Szirtes’ categories of translated poetry and download our poetry translation activity worksheets.

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On 12 March Noma Dumezweni, Patricia Hodge and Michael Pennington helped us celebrate the tenth birthday of the Stephen Spender Prize by reading 26 winning translations from the lifetime of the prize in the beautiful theatre of the Royal Institution. Listen to a recording of the evening.

Translators in Schools

Fifty excited children from Allen Edwards primary school in Stockwell poured into Westminster School in mid-March for a laughter-filled day spent translating French, Spanish and Russian children’s books into English. The 12 translators who guided them through the process had met earlier in the year at King’s College London for the first stage of the Translators in Schools professional development programme.


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Katie Gramich

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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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