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Dr Charlotte Ryland has been awarded the Threlford Cup for her work as Director of the Stephen Spender Trust (SST).

The trust, founded in the late 1990s, runs projects recognising Spender’s his major contribution as poet, translator, editor and advocate for free speech and marginalised voices. Charlotte has strengthened the trust’s work with young people, which trains translators to run Creative Translation workshops in schools, both in European and diaspora languages. The trust also runs a major prize for poetry translation, the Stephen Spender Prize, which last year received entries from over 90 languages, from people aged 8 to 80. The winning entries were published, and the SST gave awards to ‘Outstanding Teachers’ who engaged lots of their pupils in our programmes.

The Threlford Cup is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Linguists, an international network for language professionals which promotes proficiency in modern languages.

Charlotte is also Director of the Translation Exchange at the Queen’s College, which was founded in 2018 to bring the expertise and experience of Queen’s, Oxford, and the literary translation community more broadly, into language-learning in schools. The programme runs translation workshops and events as well as the Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators


, and works with over 15,000 young people and hundreds of adults across the UK annually.

The SST and the Translation Exchange have also partnered up for the Creative Translation Ambassadors programme, in which SST translators train Oxford students to design and deliver translation workshops in local schools.