Canning House Essay Competition in Portuguese won by Leeds Student

Lara Marchesi, a student of Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, at the University of Leeds' School of Modern Languages and Cultures, wins the 2011 Annual Canning House Essay Competition

Canning House is the home of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council, a non-political organisation founded in 1943 to stimulate engagement between Britain and the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian world. Canning House annually organises an essay competition for those students learning Spanish and Portuguese and this year the theme was “Contemporary Latin America”, with the first prize being a return flight to Brazil.

Lara participated with an essay in Portuguese about Latin-American cinema, making special references to Brazilian and Argentine cinema. The student attended the prize giving ceremony on March 30th at Canning House. The special guests hosting the ceremony were Canning House Vice-President Dr. Charles Goodson-Wickes and Nick Clegg’s wife, Mrs Miriam González Durantez. In Lara’s words “The commemoration was extraordinary and the delight of receiving the first prize and certificate from Mrs González Durantez was a truly rewarding moment. Being in such a prestigious place, surrounded by so many important people and having the honour of receiving first prize when 800 other students in the UK had also entered the competition, made the ceremony a fabulous and unforgettable experience as well as making me feel very proud of my work and my University”.