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Times Stephen Spender Prize

The Times Stephen Spender Prize is open for entries. Translate a poem from any language, classical or modern, into English. Three categories – Open, 18-and-under and 14-and-under – and cash prizes. Details, entry forms and free booklets of past winning entries available from the ...more

Kathryn Gray in Santiniketan, West Bengal

'Translation is not simply rendering words, of course. Translation is mood, personality, the ghostings of all that has gone into the shaping of those words in the first place.' 

Kathryn Gray writes on her return from a translation workshop in Santiniketan, popularly known today ...more

Dispatch #2 Dogs and Toddlers

Christopher Meredith writing from Novo Mesto, Slovenia

I was sitting in my flat on the top floor writing one of the most boring sentences in the world when I heard the shouting outside.

The three-roomed writer’s flat is in Hostel Situla. Numerous writers have stayed here, ...more

Poets who translate

Richard Gwyn aka Ricardo Blanco blogs from the Literature Across Frontiers workshop in Istanbul

It is our last day in Istanbul, and the rain continues, as it has done since Friday evening, shrouding the Bosphorous in grey mist. Before catching a taxi to the airport we snatch a ...more