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Prize Poster

Could this be your year? The 2015 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation is open for entries. As always, there are prizes in three categories – Open, 18-and-under and 14-and-under – and the competition is open to UK and Irish citizens and residents. Download the poster for your school or local library, email the Trust for a free booklet of winning entries from previous years and submit your translation. Closing date: Friday 22 May 2015.

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Please join us in celebrating the Stephen Spender Prize 2004–2014 and help raise funds for the Trust in the process. Come and listen to Noma Dumezweni, Patricia Hodge and Michael Pennington, directed by Joe Harmston, read some truly beautiful poetry in translation on Thursday 12 March at the Royal Institution, London W1. To learn more and find out how to buy tickets, click here.

Translators in Schools

Translators in Schools is a professional development programme which aims to give translators, teachers and teaching assistants the confidence to run imaginative translation workshops in schools. Our hands-on training days led by Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Holmes will teach you how to create your own engaging lessons and activities, using translation as a way into creative writing. There are still places on the 2015 course, including a special standalone day for teachers at King's College London on Wednesday 25 February. Find out more.

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Jane Draycott, Sasha Dugdale, Iain Galbraith, Emily Jeremiah, Mark Leech, Karen Leeder, Gwyneth Lewis, Allen Prowle and Jane Tozer are just some of the Stephen Spender Prize Open category winners whose winning poems have since been published. Anna Leader, joint winner of the 2013 18-and-under category, has won the 2014 Luxembourg National Prize for Literature in the under-25 category. Read about the wonderful Spender Prize alumni here.

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.

An RSC Associate, Noma Dumezweni won an Olivier Award for A Raisin in the Sun at the Young Vic. Recent theatre credits include ’Tis Pity She's a Whore and A Human Being Died that Night, and she has appeared in film and on television in The Incident, Out of Darkness, Frankie and Midsomer Murders. Her reading of Constellations by Sarah Hislop was the Radio 4 Christmas 2014 Book of the Week.

Patricia Hodge’s extensive stage work ranges from A Little Night Music to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She won an Olivier Award for Money at the National Theatre and was recently acclaimed in Relative Values. Her television credits include The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, The Naked Civil Servant, Rumpole of the Bailey and Hotel du Lac. She played Miranda’s mother in Miranda.

Michael Pennington’s new book Let Me Play the Lion Too has just been published by Faber. Recently a triumphant King Lear in New York, he has been a leading actor for 40 years in London's West End, the RSC, the NT and his own ESC. Other books include User's Guides to three Shakespeare plays, Sweet William and Are You There, Crocodile?: Inventing Anton Chekhov.

Joe Harmston has been a theatre director since leaving Birmingham University in 1990. He has directed over 80 productions in the UK, USA and Europe. Highlights have included The Lover and The Collection by and starring Harold Pinter at the Donmar and The Father in a new version by Laurie Slade at Belgrade Coventry for which he was nominated for Best Director. He has a long history of directing literary events and galas and created The Word Bites Like A Fish with Natasha Spender.

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