Last November the poet, and founder of the Poetry Translation Centre, Sarah Maguire died. Her friend, the poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, wrote this obituary for her in the Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.
On these pages you can find reviews of our translations and events; interviews with our poets and translators; blog posts; and a selection of fascinating essays on translation by some of the UK’s best known poets and translators.
Featuring Sarah Maguire
By: Clare Pollard
Clare Pollard talks about her time as the poet-facilitator for the PTC’s translation workshops and enjoying a strange hybrid position at the sessions as half-teacher and half-student.
By: Erica Jarnes
We are thrilled to announce that The Sea-Migrations by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf translated from Somali by Clare Pollard has been named the Poetry Book of the Year by The Sunday Times.
By: Clarissa Aykroyd
Sarah Maguire, an outstanding poet and the founder of the Poetry Translation Centre, died in November 2017. She had been ill for a few years. Poet Clarissa Aykroyd shares her memories.
We are sad to announce that the PTC’s founder and Artistic Director, Sarah Maguire, died last night. Sarah was a distinguished poet in her own right, as well as the driving force behind the PTC.
By: Erica Jarnes
In the run up to our 2017 Summer Tour we dug up the pink paper programme for the Poetry Translation Centre’s very first event from 13 years ago: ‘An Evening of International Poetry’ at SOAS.
By: Micha Meyers
‘Curiosity and a little chutzpah got me through the door.’ Workshop stalwart Micha Meyers writes about what it’s like to translate with the PTC.
By: Andrew McMillan
Award winning poet Andrew McMillan takes a look at the new PTC website and discovers the ‘Beauty’ by Afghan poet Partaw Naderi and digs deeper to find the story behind the poem.
By: Partaw Naderi
The Afghan poet, Partaw Naderi, was invited to take part in the PTC’s first World Poets’ Tour in 2005. In this article he writes about the excitment he felt at being invited to the UK and he reveals the true inspiration behind his poem, ‘Beauty’.
By: Julia Bird
Julia Bird, the Poetry Translation Centre’s tour manager, takes stock of our gala reading at the British Library.