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Prize Poster

Polishing your Pessoa and Pizarnik? Putting a final shine to your Szymborska and Sophocles? There is still time to submit your entry to the 2016 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation, which accepts translations from any language, ancient or modern. Judged by Katie Gramich, Sean O’Brien and Stephen Romer, it offers prizes in three categories – Open, 18-and-under and 14-and-under – and is open to UK and Irish citizens and residents. The closing date for entries is Friday 27 May.

Modern poetry in Translation

Modern Poetry in Translation is celebrating its fiftieth birthday. As part of a series of events to mark the anniversary, there will be two special study days, one at Pembroke College, Cambridge on Saturday 30 April, the other at The Queen’s College, Oxford on Saturday 14 May, the latter featuring three Spender Prize judges: Karen Leeder, Patrick McGuinness and Stephen Romer. The programme includes two poetry translation workshops in the morning, two poetry readings in the afternoon, lunch and an evening reception. More information can be found on the MPT website.

Translation in Schools
The Big Translate, Southbank Centre, October 2015

On Wednesday 8 June, Short Wood Primary School near Telford will be hosting a Big Translate supported by the Mercers’ Company. With the help of graduates of the Translators in Schools programme, 30 children will translate into English five books from around the world. 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. Members of the public are welcome to join us for the final hour of the day to see the children and translators in action. Email the Stephen Spender Trust to find out more.

in association with The Guardian
supported by
Old Possum’s Practical Trust


Katie Gramich
Katie Gramich

Sean O'Brien
Sean O’Brien

Stephen Romer
Stephen Romer

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