The Federation of Finnish-British Societies annual English Essay Writing Competition was held for the 34th time on the 17th and 18th of January 2018. The essay titles on these two dates were posted on the Helsinki Finnish-British Society Website for download on the competition day. Teachers then sent in the best essay from each class, and in all 125 shortlisted essays were received from a total of 43 schools throughout Finland.

The jury was composed of five judges, including representatives from the Finnish National Agency for Education, the University of Helsinki Department of Languages (English), and the Association of Teachers of English in Finland. The judges gave first prize to Caro Liikanen from Mikkelin lukio for her moving and original story beginning “Things didn’t look right… .” A special mention from the judges also goes to Jaakob Semken from Lappeenrannan lyseon lukio, who produced a very well written essay on the pros and cons of computers.

The standard of essays was as usual high, and the judges would like to congratulate the winner and the runners-up and thank all those who took part in the competition.

Mark Shackleton, Chair, Essay Writing Competition


First prize (500€ for a trip to the UK):

Caro Liikanen Mikkelin lukio

Runner up prizes (books):

Fanny Kansonen Kotka Svenska Samskola
Sara Liljeström Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio
Eevi Manninen Pieksämäen lukio
Teemu Mononen Lappeenrannan lyseon lukio
Irina Pienimäki Kaustisen musiikkilukio
Amanda Puerto-Lichtenberg Turun klassinen lukio
Matti Sankari Nousiaisten lukio
Jaakob Semken Lappeenrannan lyseon lukio
Nicha Särkkä Tampereen lyseon lukio


2018 Essay Competition Topics

1. What’s the best/worst thing about yourself?
2. Would life be better without computers?
3. Write a short fictional story beginning “Things didn’t look right …”
4. Someone asks you “What’s Finland like?” What would you reply?
5. Write about something that made a big difference in your life.

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Begin: 22.04.2018, 17:00
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Sunday 22 April 2018 17:00

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

Rating: 12A

The final of Finnbrit Film Club’s first season of classic British films sees Thomas Vinterberg's portrayal of life in late nineteenth century England. Based on the book written by Thomas Hardy, this is the fourth version of this classic story of love across class barriers in rural southern England, this one released 100 years after the first, silent one!

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The English Book Club

Begin: 25.04.2018, 18:00
End: 25.04.2018, 20:00
Location: Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki

The English Book Club returns for its fourth season already! As usual, we kick off the year with the oldest text by reading Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), a Victorian novel recently made into a feature film. It is followed by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World (1931), a long-awaited read among the book club members. March is dedicated to Sylvia Plath’s only novel The Bell Jar (1963), after which we move onto two books by Nobel laureates: Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) in April, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005) in May.

24.1. Thomas Hardy: Far from the Madding Crowd
21.2. Aldous Huxley: Brave New World
21.3. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar
25.4. Toni Morrison: Beloved
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