Featured poems

Portrait of David Huerta


written by David Huerta
translated by Jamie McKendrick

Gritty frost from
the radio speaker


Escarcha sucia del audio
en la penumbra nómada

video audio We have a podcast related to Aural

Portrait of Mohan Rana

A Standard Shirt

written by Mohan Rana
translated by Bernard O'Donoghue

Between midday and nightfall
there comes a time

साधारण कमीज

दोपहर और शाम के बीच
आता है एक अंतराल

audio We have a podcast related to A Standard Shirt

Portrait of Farzaneh Khojandi

Flute Player

written by Farzaneh Khojandi
translated by Jo Shapcott

Where is the real bazaar?
I want to buy an eyeful of kindness.

Flute Player in the original language

The first two lines of the poem titled Flute Player

video audio We have a book related to Flute Player


Welcome to The Poetry Translation Centre’s website. We’re a small organisation dedicated to translating contemporary poetry from Africa, Asia and Latin America. To date, we've translated 400 poems written in 27 different languages by 89 poets from 39 countries. On our website you'll find all these poems both in translation and in their original language, plus photos and videos of our events and information about what we do and how we translate.

What's going on

  • We’re recruiting: Managing/Programme Director

    We are expanding our activity and reach from January 2015 and are seeking a senior leader to work with Founding/Artistic Director Sarah Maguire in the ongoing development and management of the company’s work.

  • We're recruiting: Administrator/Communications Manager

    This is an excellent opportunity for someone with strong administrative skills and an interest in social media and outreach to join a dynamic, innovative and highly successful literature organisation.

  • My Voice Anthology for sale from our website


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    Our fabulous tenth anniversary anthology is available to buy now from this website. For a limited time, we are offering free postage and delivery to UK addresses and reduced-price delivery to non-UK addresses.