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Phoebe Taylor Prize established to honour memory of language student

Phoebe Taylor, an MML student at Clare College from 2007-2011

The Spanish and Portuguese Section is honoured to announce the establishment of the Phoebe Taylor Prize for the Best Spanish or Portuguese Translation Project, which will be awarded from this academic year. The prize has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by Phoebe Taylor’s family. 
Phoebe Grace Taylor was an MML student at Clare College from 2007 to 2011. Her favourite language was Spanish in which she excelled. She obtained a first class degree and also won the Mallinson Prize for Languages at Clare College in her final year. Her Year Abroad project focused on the translation of 14 poems by Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti. Her translations are stunning - she had a real gift for capturing the original meaning and metaphors. The Portuguese language also became a passion and she continued to develop her fluency after leaving Cambridge.

Phoebe tragically took her own life in February 2021, succumbing to depression during Covid lockdown, and a translation prize has been established to honour her memory and love of the Spanish and Portuguese languages.

Phoebe Taylor Prize for the Best Spanish or Portuguese Translation Project  

The prize has a value of £500 and will be awarded to the Year Abroad Translation Project on Spanish or Portuguese awarded the highest mark. In case of tie, the prize will be awarded to the student with the highest mark overall.  


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