Jess Peet, who graduated in 2014 from the Faculty of Asian and Middle Easter Studies with a degree in Japanese Studies, was recently awarded the Ivan Morris Prize for 2014-15, for her undergraduate dissertation, 'The Play's the Thing': Fukuda Tsuneari's Modern Shakespeare.
After graduating Corpus Christi College in 2014, Jess returned to Japan to spend 7 months travelling the country whilst volunteering on rural farms through the WWOOF organisation. She then went on to study a master's degree in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music and has just graduated with Distinction and special credit. She now lives in London, working as a model and actor-musician and teaching Japanese, music and drama.
The Ivan Morris Memorial Prize was established in 1979. This annual prize is awarded in commemoration of the late Professor Ivan Morris to a student submitting an outstanding piece of work in the field of Japanese Studies. Professor Ivan Morris was a many-sided author and teacher in the field of Japanese Studies.