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Under three weeks to go to 1 June, the closing date of the Times Stephen Spender Prize, the poetry translation competition open to UK residents and citizens which invites translations from any language – classical or modern – into English. Read last year’s winning entries, including the winning translation in the Open category by Meghan Purvis (right).

2011 Winner, Megan Purvis

The Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize 2012

The Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize, our worldwide Russian–English poetry translation competition (closing date 31 August), is now open for entries. The judges in 2012 are Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell. Read last year's winning entries.

Translation Nation – a joint venture with Eastside Education Trust – inspires primary school children to explore literary translation and develop an appetite for world literature. Working in small groups under the guidance of literary translators, children translate stories that their parents have shared with them from their home languages into clear, vivid English.

Translation Nation

Translation Nation

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
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