About the Trust

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 in the Classroom programmes.

Photograph of school children on stage.

By providing translators and teachers with the tools to bring translation into schools in creative, innovative ways, we enrich intercultural awareness, while raising confidence and aspiration among young people.

Who we are

Please click below to read about the SST team and Trustees.

The Stephen Spender Archive

Stephen Spender’s archive, which will be joined in due course by Natasha Spender’s archive, is available to readers in the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. For more information about the Stephen Spender archive, please search the catalogue or email the Bodleian.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin also holds a substantial collection of Stephen Spender’s manuscripts and correspondence.

History of the Trust

The Trust was established in 1997 to honour Stephen Spender’s achievements as poet and translator of poetry, and as champion of the rights of creative artists and writers to free expression. Founding members included Valerie Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Czesław Miłosz, Harold Pinter and Natasha Spender.

The Trust’s accounts and annual returns for the past five years can be viewed on the Charity Commission website

Our GDPR Privacy Policy for the Stephen Spender Prize can be found here.

Support for the Trust

The Stephen Spender Trust has no endowment or regular funding source, and and relies on grants and donations to fund its projects and core costs. Our activities are made possible thanks to the generosity of organisations and individuals who believe in what we do.

Please visit our support page to find out how you can make a donation.

Grants from trusts and foundations and from Arts Council England play a vital role in enabling us to continue our work and to expand. We are sincerely grateful for the generous support of:

The Rothschild Foundation

The Polonsky Foundation

Old Possum’s Practical Trust

Derek Hill Foundation

Foyle Foundation

John S Cohen Foundation

The Björnson and Prodan Foundation

And to the many organisations and individuals who have supported us in the past.