Multilingual Creativity for All

About us

SST is inspired by the cultural activism of Stephen Spender, poet and champion of international literature. We celebrate multilingualism and literary translation through a range of initiatives, including our Poetry in Translation Prize and Creative Translation education programmes.

Stephen Spender Prize

We received a record number of entries for the Stephen Spender Prize 2021. Thank you all! This year’s Prize will open for entries on 4th May 2022.

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Illustration of girl reading
Translating Berlin

Resources for schools and workshop in partnership with University of Oxford

Translating Berlin
Poster for Stephen Spender exhibition
Translating Jane Eyre

Resources for schools and workshops in partnership with Prismatic Jane Eyre (Oxford)

Prismatic Jane Eyre for Schools
Jane Eyre Brazilian cover
Translating the City

‘Multilingual Creators’ in schools in Newcastle, Greater Manchester and Norwich

Multilingual Creators
Translating Migration

Creative translation with the Children’s Bookshow

Performance in November
Apple Cake and Baklava - cover

Creative Translation in the Classroom

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Partnerships and Supporters

We work with partners across education and the arts to reach thousands of young people every year

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Stephen Spender Prize 2021

Spotlight Prize

Our Spotlight Prize encourages young people to engage with community languages. Our focus for 2021 is Urdu.

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Open Entry

To welcome newcomers to the open category, this year we will continue to award special commendations for the best first-time entries received.

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Youth Prize

Our youth prize has categories for 18-and-under, 16-and-under and 14-and-under, and last year saw a record-breaking number of entries!

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“I am hugely supportive of the Stephen Spender Trust’s work in schools. The project’s leaders have a clear understanding of how to motivate and enthuse both children and non-specialist teachers, promoting language learning and opening children’s eyes to the opportunities which languages offer them.”

Julie Jones Short Wood Primary School
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