Pop Up Festival of Multilingual Literature is a creative language and literacy project, developed in partnership with the Stephen Spender Trust. It is designed to enable pupils to explore literature written in languages other than English, develop creative translation skills, and meet exceptional writers and illustrators from Europe and beyond. It unites the best of MFL and EAL practices, bringing languages to life and celebrating their incredible versatility for creative expression. The pilot is open to primary and secondary schools in London in 2021, expanding to other regions from 2022.
We create a programme of quality contemporary picture books, graphic stories, short fiction and poetry written in our pilot languages of Spanish, French, Polish or Arabic. Teachers choose a text in any one of these languages to explore with their pupils. We supply class sets of the selected text.
Participating teachers receive training in creative translation techniques – developed by the Stephen Spender Trust, delivered by expert educators and professional translators. No prior knowledge of the chosen language is required.
Our training, support and resources provide everything teachers need to lead an immersive teaching and learning programme based on their chosen text. Pupils have opportunities to:
- Develop literacy and linguistic skills, in English and the chosen language
- Recognise and build on their own and their EAL classmates’ translation skills
- Value cultural diversity in their class, their school and the wider world
- Value language learning and build awareness of career pathways
The project culminates in inspiring, interactive workshops led by the authors of the books alongside professional translators, providing opportunities for pupils to write, draw and create.