Anthea Bell Prize

Friday 1st March 2024

In an inspiring display of linguistic talent and cultural appreciation, over 50 Marlburians who are currently studying Mandarin Chinese have taken part in the prestigious 2024 Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators, hosted by The Queen’s College, Oxford. The participation of the exchange pupils from Marlborough College Malaysia this year especially enriched the experience, bringing new perspectives and deepening our cultural engagement.

The Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators, named in honour of the legendary translator Anthea Bell, renowned for her work in translating some of the most beloved literary works into English, including the famed Asterix series, serves as a beacon of inspiration for young linguists. It aims to celebrate and nurture the skills of young translators, highlighting the importance of cultural exchange and the art of translation.

The challenge our pupils undertook involved translating a piece of Chinese literature into English, a task that not only required a deep understanding of the language but also a sensitivity to the cultural nuances and the author’s original tone.

The participation of such a large number of Marlburians in this year’s event is a testament to our commitment to fostering a love for languages and global cultures. It reflects our diverse and inclusive curriculum, which encourages pupils to immerse themselves in the global community.

Qingwei Li
Head of Mandarin Chinese

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