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Welcome to the Stephen Spender Trust e-letter

We are delighted to announce that Translation Nation has won a 2012 European Language Label in recognition of the project’s innovative qualities and the way in which it introduces literature in translation to primary school children. Read Ali, the Boy who Cried Hyena, by lead translator Sarah Ardizzone.

Stephen Spender’s New Selected Journals, 1939–1995, edited by Lara Feigel and John Sutherland with Natasha Spender, were published by Faber on 3 July. This new edition, which includes the final ten years of Spender’s life, provides access to the more intimate thoughts and feelings of the private man but equally documents his life as a public intellectual who played a part in shaping the European literary and intellectual culture of his age.

On Thursday 11 October, 6–7.30pm, Jonathan Barker, Valentine Cunningham and Peter Robinson will discuss Bernard Spencer's life, his work and his contemporaries, chaired by Lara Feigel, in the Senate Room in London University’s Senate House. Entry to Bernard Spencer: Mystery Poet is free but space is limited so please email the Institute of English Studies to be sure of a place.

You have five weeks to submit your entry to The Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize, our worldwide Russian–English poetry translation competition (closing date 31 August). Read last year’s winning entries, including Constantine Rusanov’s translation of 'Hedgehog' by Alexei Parshchikov

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 centenary selection

"Private faces in public places Are wiser and nicer
Than public faces in private places."

W. H. Auden, dedication to Stephen Spender, 1932

"Spender's autobiographical writings deserve to be better known. They interlace literary gossip with an insider's view
of the cultural and political trends of the time"

Jeremy Lewis, Literary Review

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