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Congratulations to Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky, winners of first prize in the 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize, for their beautifully crafted rendition of what Catriona Kelly described as Anastasia Afanasieva’s poignant and creatively bald portrait of the tragedy of civil war in Eastern Ukraine. Read the winning translation.

Translators in Schools

“The bigger gift of translation is to bring into English new ways of thinking and writing, new poetics and new music” Sasha Dugdale
There is still time to enter the 2015 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation, which is open to citizens and residents of the UK and Ireland and judged by Josephine Balmer, Katie Gramich, WN Herbert and Stephen Romer. Translate into English a poem from any language, ancient or modern. Prizes in three categories: Open, 18-and-under and 14-and-under. Closing date 22 May.

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For Peter Oram, Tarkovsky’s ‘White Day’ was reminiscent of a Russian folksong, so he recast it as an English folksong. Glyn Maxwell doesn’t usually like folk renderings of anything (including folk) but was won over by Oram’s version, writing that it meets the ear with perfect integrity and craft. Clear and sinuous, Katherine Young’s translation of Xenia Emelyanova’s ‘Spring rain beats on broken branches’ was deemed a quiet unshowy poem that simply couldn’t be left behind. Read all the winning and commended entries and the judges’ reports.

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.

for the translation of Russian poetry into English

judged by Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell

Oksana Maksymchuk
& Max Rosochinsky

by Anastasia Afanasieva

Peter Oram
‘White Day’
by Arseny Tarkovsky

Katherine Young
‘Spring rain beats on broken branches’
by Xenia Emelyanova

Peter Clark
'I Am Goya'
by Andrei Voznesensky

Robert Isaf
‘The Final Day’
by Alexander Blok

Oksana Maksymchuk
& Max Rosochinsky

‘An Ode to a Dandelion’
by Vladimir Gandelsman

Peter Oram
by Arseny Tarkovsky

‘A Pale Horse’
by Valery Bryusov

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