Anthea Bell Prize

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

The Modern Languages Department is delighted to announce that two Marlburians, Iona G (L6) and Lois J (Sh) have been awarded Southwest Winner (Level 4) and Commendation (Level 1) respectively in the Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators (Chinese Category), a prestigious competition hosted by Queen’s College, Oxford.

The competition ran across four levels in five languages, covering all year groups at secondary school from age 11 to 18. 14,000 pupils took part in the competition task and a team of 36 judges read over 3,200 entries.

Iona’s winning translation was on extracts from a non-fiction novel by Chai Jing about “left-behind children”- children who stay in rural regions of China, while their parents leave to find work in the cities. Iona is studying Chinese, Politics and Philosophy at A level and hopes to progress to read Chinese Studies at university.

Lois’s winning translation was part of a children’s story by Lijiao Che. Lois only started to learn Chinese from last September as a beginner.

This prize is a great recognition of the pupils’ effort and linguistic skills and we offer them both our warm congratulations on their achievement.

Qingwei Li
Head of Mandarin Chinese

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