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There is still time to enter the 2013 Times Stephen Spender Prize, closing date Friday 24 May. Translate a poem from any language, classical or modern. Three categories: Open, 18-and-under and 14-and-under. Cash prizes and glory await!

‘This wonderful prize allows poets and translators to try their hand at the transfer of language, sentiment and thought from one tongue to another. It’s tough but rewarding work’
Erica Wagner, Literary Editor of The Times

Prize Booklet Cover 2012

Translator Sarah Griffin-Mason at Sparrow Farm School

Are you a translator from French or Spanish? We are now recruiting for Phase 2 of Translation Nation, which will see us working with Year 8 and 9 children in secondary schools as well as continuing our award-winning workshops in primary schools. We want to encourage language-learning, celebrate the linguistic diversity in our schools and generate a curiosity about world literature. Do join us!

New Life in Life Writing? Sarah Bakewell, Sir Michael Holroyd, Wendy Moffat and Max Saunders discuss literary biography in the 21st century. Wednesday 15 May, 6–7.30pm, in London University’s Chancellor's Hall, WC1E 7HU, by Russell Square. Email the Institute of English Studies to reserve a place.

Michael Holroyd

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.

‘One of the main benefits to the students at Granton has been the raising of the profile of those pupils who speak other languages and the resulting boost in their confidence… They have learned that they are able to act as translators and that this is a valued skill which could lead to opportunities in the future’
Rosie Keaney, Granton School

‘Dr Kaarina Hollo has won an award for doing a rather marvellous thing: giving fresh life to a famous poem through the form of a new translation’ Martin Wainwright, the Guardian

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