Westminster essayist wins Caius Modern Languages Schools Prize

Congratulations to Nandana, winner of this year’s Caius College Modern Languages Schools Prize.

The Caius Schools Prize, established by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, is a competition offered to Year 12 pupils, with the aim of inspiring and encouraging the very best writing. Each competition carries a first prize of £600, to be split equally between the winning candidate and their school or college. It is a pleasure to announce that this year’s winner in the Modern Languages section is Westminster’s own Nandana, from Hakluyt’s House!

Nandana’s essay, entitled simply J’ai Perdu Mon Corps, is an exploration of the eponymous animated film directed and written by Jérémy Clapin and Guillaume Laurant. It touches on the implications of a film focused upon a part of the body returning to the corporeal whole, as a lens through which we might all understand our own longing for the sensation of wholeness, and the things we endure to achieve that sensation. The essay also draws out the magic-realist forbears of the narrative, and the centrality of the sensory as a mode of storytelling. It is a poised and thoughtful piece of writing that is deserving of high praise indeed.

Congratulations to Nandana, and with the announcement of Jemima’s prize-winning English essay too… the bar has certainly been set high early in the term!