Posted on 2 September 2021
The Jacques Berthoud Prize is awarded every year to the best piece of third-year work. This year it was won by Anthony Picton for his wonderful essay, 'The Ghost in the Jungle', written for our Henry James module, and described by the judges as "an exceptional essay that compares favourably with much published Henry James scholarship."
Congratulations to second-year student Katy Leverett, who is this year’s Cobham-Longfellow scholar.
This year's winner of the Ruth Selina Poetry Prize, awarded in memory of an extraordinary student, is Robin Houghton. Our judges, Dr JT Welsch and Dr Vahni Capildeo, selected Robin's wonderful and original poem, ‘The houses are coming' as the winner. They commented that Robin's poem "exemplifies the sharp mix of personal, political, and philosophical thinking in so many of this year's entries. The menace and bodily threat of these invading houses captures something dreadfully immediate about the often abstract, economic debates in a year when domestic confinements also highlighted a worsening housing and house market crisis. The threat of invasion is heightened by the claustrophobic form of this spooling report, leaving us suspicious of even 'the untenanted spaces of our minds."