Year 8 achieves Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators

Thursday 19 May 2022

We are pleased to announce that Ellie in 8 Williams has been award a national commendation from the University of Oxford, for her entry in the Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators!

14,000 students took part in the competition nationally across KS3 and Ellie’s poem translation has been selected from the many entries by a team of undergraduates and professional translators. An enormous congratulations to Ellie! This is a fantastic achievement given the number and standard of entries received this year.

This is Ellie’s translation of the French poem, “Le Crapaud” by Robert Desnos.


The Toad

On the banks of the Marne

A toad perched there

Freeing hot tears,

Beneath the acacia, bare


“Indulge me, my pretty toad

Why do you cry so?”

“Why, I am nothing

But a beauteous faux”


On the banks of the Seine

A toad spread among

Rocks, sings till lost breath,

In his zany tongue


“Amuse me, my ugly toad

Why do you continuously whine?”

“I sing with captivating sound

Because I look fine!”


From the banks of the Marne

To the banks of the Seine