Pop Up Festival: Multilingual Literature

A new creative language and literacy programme from Pop Up Projects and the Stephen Spender Trust.

Pop Up and SST are seeking ‘Expressions of Interest’ from primary, secondary and supplementary schools in London to participate in a pilot multilingual literature programme.

The programme will take place between 2020 and 2022. Classes will have the unique opportunity to read, share and translate literature in one of the following languages:

French, Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Arabic, Gujarati.

The project will revolve around live interactions with authors and translators of those languages – increasing pupils’ enjoyment of literature and languages, honing their creative skills in translation, and raising aspiration for further language learning.


The programme is designed to:

  • Engage and develop key literacy and linguistic skills, through creative interpretation and translation
  • Enhance cultural capital for whole classes of pupils, regardless of background
  • Encourage EAL learners to access and share inspiring texts from their own cultural heritage
  • Highlight the value of language learning and raise awareness of career pathways in this field
  • Cultivate curiosity and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school, and respect for cultural diversity.

This Creative Languages Pop Up Festival package includes:

  • Opportunities for pupils to learn about routes into further education and employment through language learning, including through corporate partnerships
  • Project-specific tag on www.pop-up-hub.com hosting child-centred activities by participating authors, writing and illustration by pupils, and resources created by teachers
  • Training by translators/linguists to induct, inspire and upskill teachers
  • Resources to guide teaching sequences plus insights, ideas and practical activities
  • Class sets of books in chosen languages, selected by teachers from a curated booklist
  • Half-day in-school workshops with the authors of the books and translators trained in creative education practice
  • Pop Up Magazine, with 80 pages of content by Pop Up Festival authors, for each pupil

Curriculum Links

This project will support schools to “enable pupils to read great literature in the original language [and] discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied” (National Curriculum: Languages Programme of Study, DfE). It will facilitate meaningful engagement with ‘Identity and culture’ (as per the ‘Themes and topics’ in the Edexcel GCSE languages syllabuses) through literature from other cultures. It will also achieve numerous SMSC outcomes such as fascination in learning about the world around us, appreciation of the range of different cultures within school, and respect for cultural diversity


Who is it for?

We are seeking 50 classes (in any year group from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5) from schools in any of the following boroughs: Barnet, Brent, City of London, Camden, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Harrow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster. 



How much does it cost?

The total cost of the project in year one is £80,000 – or, £1,600 per class. We are asking schools to contribute £250 per class – just 12% of the actual cost per class, or £6.60 per pupil. If the first year is successful and subject to funding, schools can sustain participation for up to three years. 
For more information, or to submit an Expression of Interest please contact Tim Stanton (Education Manager) at education@pop-up.org.uk


The project is part of Pop Up Festival, a national schools literature festival, which places contemporary books and their authors at the heart of classroom learning.

 Click here to read more about pop Up Festival.