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Translators in Schools

Led by translators from the Translators in Schools programme, 60 schoolchildren will translate into English ten strikingly illustrated books from around the world. The children will discover that everything – from pictures, to story and tone – needs translating. They’ll become code-cracking language detectives, using glossaries to create first a literal translation then a polished, nuanced version. They’ll learn what translation involves, what happens to books when they make the journey from one language (and culture) to another, and how languages and translated literature enrich our lives. Come and hear the children talk about The Big Translate.
1.30–2.30pm, Tuesday 6 October 2015
The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall (free event)


Unveiling of Plaque

Richard Blair, Cressida Connolly, the Mayor of Camden, Lizzie Spender, Matthew Spender and Saskia Spender at the unveiling of the plaque

Unveiling of Plaque

A plaque at 2 Lansdowne Terrace, London WC1 now marks the 1940s office of the influential literary magazine Horizon, co-founded by Peter Watson, Cyril Connolly and Stephen Spender. The first edition provided a new publishing outlet for political writer, essayist, journalist and critic George Orwell. Other distinguished contributors include WH Auden, John Betjeman, TS Eliot, Ian Fleming, Lucian Freud, Graham Greene, Paul Klee, Louis MacNeice, Henry Miller, Henry Moore, John Piper, Bertrand Russell, Dylan Thomas and Virginia Woolf.


Unveiling of Plaque

For the third and final stage of the Translators in Schools training, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and European Commission, the translators are mentored by Sarah Ardizzone or Sam Holmes as they devise and deliver their own original translation workshop in a school. Once they have successfully done this, they and their case studies feature on the Translators in Schools website. Martina Tomassini chose to deliver her workshop to 7 and 8 year olds in an international school in Phnom Penh, where she was working for the United Nations.


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.

A House in St Johns Wood

Matthew Spender’s newly published A House in St John’s Wood: In Search of My Parents is an intimate portrait of Stephen and Natasha Spender that draws on his personal memories and unpublished material found in the north London house his parents had rented since 1941.

“My God! What a childhood. What insight”
Stephen Frears

“Matthew Spender has inherited his father’s gift for crisp prose”
Jeremy Noel-Tod, Telegraph

“Beguiling celebrations of the generosity of spirit, intellectual amplitude, wit and imagination of the now abused metropolitan elite”
Richard Davenport-Hines, Literary Review

“An outstanding piece of writing, full of wonderfully sharp judgments”
Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

“This is an utterly fascinating book, a portrait of a marriage contract unevenly negotiated and a tour d'horizon of the deadly serious but often farcical intellectual wranglings of the Cold War. Matthew Spender writes and thinks beautifully, chipping into the negative spaces of his enviably rich primary material like a sculptor”
Frances Stonor Saunders





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