When MPT was founded in 1965 by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort, Hughes wanted a magazine which would publish the ground-breaking work of the poets from the Communist Bloc, poets Seamus Heaney described as ‘credible, desolating and resuscitative’. The imperative to publish such work from all corners of the globe has only grown in strength since that time.

For the last fifty years MPT has published some of the most acclaimed world poetry, bringing such names as Brodsky and Akhmatova from Russia, Pilinszky from Hungary, Amichai from Israel, Rósewicż and Miłosz from Poland, and Darwish from Palestine in definitive translations to a wider English-language public. It has changed the shape and face of the English-language poetry and literature scene in doing so.

MPT has opened windows on landscapes of feeling, on insight otherwise inaccessible…’
– George Steiner

The future

MPT is a charity and has survived for 50 years with a mixture of private and public funding, and generous donations of time from its editors and staff. It has been and remains a true labour of love.

Over the last few years we have sought to expand MPT’s activity and presence and to pursue collaborations which will bring world poetry to a new audience. We have changed the format and style of the magazine, begun commissioning poets and translators to work with us, and we are working hard to give MPT the digital profile it needs and deserves. The magazine now appears more frequently than it has ever done, and we know from the generous feedback we receive how it influences and affects readers and poets. Over the next few years we are planning education projects to take world poetry into UK schools, digital art projects and important commissions of translations from South African and Ukrainian, Burmese and Arabic poetry.

MPT is a real jewel in the British literary landscape. There are no other magazines dedicated solely to poetry in translation and without us much important work would not reach an Anglophone audience. Our literary culture would be more parochial, narrower, impoverished without this quietly revolutionary magazine.

But funds are tight. The financial climate has never been more challenging for smallscale subsidised arts organisations. The fact is that philanthropists and private givers are not picking up the slack and organisations like MPT are fighting to continue their work.

So we are taking the step of inviting our subscribers and supporters to share in creating a secure and sustainable future for this unique magazine by including a gift to MPT when making a Will.

A gift in your Will – large or small – will help ensure that MPT can continue to give future generations access to the best of world poetry, and in turn help shape the poetics of the English language for decades to come.

‘…MPT forms a unique and invaluable service – extending the range of world-reading, and making all those who care about poetry feel grateful to be part of a larger community…’
Andrew Motion

How do I leave a gift to MPT in my Will?

We recommend that you use a solicitor to have your Will drafted or updated. To find one in your area, you can call the Law Society on 0870 606 2555 or search The cost is relatively modest and a properly drafted Will means that your wishes will be followed, thereby minimising the potential for disputes.

The Law Society

Choose the type of gift

Including a gift or legacy in your Will is very straightforward. First you need to decide what type of gift you would like to leave.

Types of gifts in Wills
  • Residual gift: This involves leaving a fixed share of your estate – once you have taken care of your family and loved ones – to a charity. The value of a residual gift is not eroded by inflation, so it is an effective way to remember a charity in your Will.
  • Pecuniary gift: This involves leaving a gift of an amount of money to a charity.
  • Specific gift: A specific item – such as jewellery or stocks and shares – can be left to a charity in your Will. It is best to take professional advice in such instances, to ensure your wishes are properly met.

Please ensure that you use the correct wording for each. Example wording can be found here.

Updating an existing Will

Unless the change you are making is very straightforward we recommend that you consult your solicitor and consider having your Will redrafted. You may decide to update your Will using a codicil instead, which is a document which adds to or alters the terms of a Will.

In Memory donations 

Many people ask friends and relatives to give a gift to charity at their funeral, rather than buy flowers. If you would like gifts to be given to MPT in this way, we can send you a special ‘In Memory’ request form, which you can keep with your Will.

Frequently asked questions

1. How will leaving a gift to MPT affect my tax position?

Gifts to charity are inheritance tax free. If the value of your estate is more than the inheritance tax threshold, a gift to charity could reduce your inheritance tax liability. Your financial adviser can tell you more.

2. What information do I need to leave a gift to MPT in my Will?

Your solicitor can advise you as to the appropriate wording. However, it is important to ensure that you use our full name of Modern Poetry in Translation Limited. Please also refer to our Registered Charity Number 1118223 and Company Number: (England and Wales) 5881603.

For more information, please email

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