Join the Poetry Translation Centre’s Board of Trustees

‘[The Poetry Translation Centre] extends the territory of English poetry... generous translations that make welcome the magnificent poetic traditions of many communities now settled here.’

– Carol Ann Duffy, patron of the PTC

The Poetry Translation Centre is seeking up to two new members for our Board of Trustees. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with experience in partnership development – for example in community arts, broadcast media or higher education.

The Poetry Translation Centre was established by the poet Sarah Maguire in 2004 to introduce new audiences to leading poets from around the world, as well as better understand and celebrate the diverse communities who have made their home in the UK. We focus on poetry from Africa, Asia and Latin America, working collaboratively with poets and translators to bring new work to English-speaking audiences in the UK.

In our first 15 years we have grown into an organisation with global reach and a reputation for literary excellence. We have translated over 500 poems by 110 poets in 30 languages; published 22 bilingual chapbooks, four collections and one award-winning anthology; worked with over 80 translators and poet-translators; and developed prestigious event and publication partnerships. Our website reaches over 250,000 people per year. Our partners include top UK publishers, literary festivals, human rights charities and local community centres, as well as dozens of poets and translators at all stages of their careers.

Our Board oversees the strategic planning and artistic vision of the PTC. The Board provides the PTC team with guidance and support, and is responsible for ensuring that the organisation’s assets are safeguarded by providing strong governance in the areas of finance and management. Our Trustees are also active champions of the PTC and help to raise funds and awareness for the organisation.

The Board, chaired by Sandy Balfour, meets four times per year at our London office. Trustees serve for a three-year term, which may be renewed once.

To apply

Please submit a CV, with names and contact details of two referees, and a letter of not more than 500 words explaining why you are interested in joining the PTC’s Board of Trustees and what you would bring to the Board.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 October 2018. Please email your submission to the PTC’s chief executive Erica Hesketh at, or by post to:

Erica Hesketh
The Poetry Translation Centre
The Albany
Douglas Way
London SE8 4AG

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are planned to take place in London in the week of 29 October 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have questions, please write to PTC Chair Sandy Balfour at