Derick Mattern, Poetry Translation Prize winner; Maureen Freely, writer and translator; and John Angliss, Prose Translation Prize winner, at Translation Day. (Image credit: Dusten Isler Photography)

Derick Mattern, Poetry Translation Prize winner; Maureen Freely, writer and translator; and John Angliss, Prose Translation Prize winner, at Translation Day. (Image credit: Dusten Isler Photography)

Derick Mattern, Poetry Translation Prize winner; Maureen Freely, writer and translator; and John Angliss, Prose Translation Prize winner, at Translation Day. (Image credit: Dusten Isler Photography)

It takes a poet himself to translate poetry, explains Derick Mattern, who recently won the Prize for Best Poetry Translation from Turkish into English during British Council Turkey’s Translation Day.

Cyril Nri, Simon Manyonda and Paterson Joseph in Julius Caesar, Moscow 2012. Photo by Kwame Lestrade.

Cyril Nri, Simon Manyonda and Paterson Joseph in Julius Caesar, Moscow 2012. Photo by Kwame Lestrade.

RSC - Julius Caesar

Claire de Braekeleer, Head of Arts, British Council Russia blogs about the first performance in Russia by the Royal Shakespeare Company for 45 years and how this was both a historic occasion and also an example of the strong cultural relations between the UK and Russia.

Kathryn Ferguson and Marie Schuller discuss fashion in the Philippines

Kathryn Ferguson and Marie Schuller discuss fashion in the Philippines

Kathryn Ferguson and Marie Schuller discuss fashion in the Philippines

Ana Tan, programme and public relations manager at the British Council in the Philippines, writes about Fashion Film Manila, a showcase of fashion films and a three-day fashion film workshop for local designers, filmmakers and artists, in partnership with the Ayala Museum.

Isabel Roffe-Silvester in Cinque Terre, Italy (Image credit: Karla Amador)

Isabel Roffe-Silvester in Cinque Terre, Italy (Image credit: Karla Amador)

Isabel Roffe-Silvester in Cinque Terre, Italy (Image credit: Karla Amador)

The British Council's English Teaching Graduate Scheme supports unemployed UK graduates who want to pursue a career in teaching English as a foreign language, but have not had the opportunity or the resources to do so. Isabel Roffe-Silvester, a graduate of Bath University, writes about her experience of taking part.

The Olympic Park during the Paralympics. (Image credit:@JohnWorne)

The Olympic Park during the Paralympics. (Image credit:@JohnWorne)

The Olympic Park during the Paralympics. (Image credit:@JohnWorne)

Before the Olympics, if you'd asked me where the UK would rank in Monocle magazine's annual ‘Soft Power’ Survey this year, I'd have hoped for a podium finish. After the Olympics - even though our national modesty holds me back - I am proud to find us carrying