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Cosmic Poetry: 2017 Seatonian Prize

Winning the Divinity School Seatonian Prize is becoming something of a Pembroke habit. Christopher Smart won it three times. Colin Wilcockson has won it three times, most recently in 2016 with his villanelles inspired by Smart’s Jubilate Agno. And now Professor Randall Johnson has won it for the second time with his cosmic take on the theme ‘O God, enfold me in the sun’. Johnson’s poem is an intriguingly scientific…

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Thomas Gray: 300 today!

The 26th December 2016 marks 300 years since the birth of the poet Thomas Gray.  Best known for his work An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, he published less…

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The Face Behind The Framlingham Feast

This evening, Pembroke will once again host the biennial Framlingham Feast. The Framlingham Feast honours Sir Robert Hitcham, a former student and benefactor of the college. Sir Robert Hitcham came to Pembroke in 1587 as a pensioner before entering Gray’s Inn in 1589. From there he enjoyed a successful law career, rising to the ranks of Attorney General to Queen Anne, wife of James I, and sergeant-at-law in 1616. He also sat in the Houses of Parliament for the boroughs of West Looe, Cornwall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, Cambridge, and Orford, Suffolk. Shortly before his death, Hitcham purchased Framlingham Castle from the Earl of Suffolk for the sum of £14,000, around…

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Post-Pembroke Productions

Pembroke English student, Charlie Bindels (2010), was once on the periphery of Pembroke theatre but this summer, with help from the Pembroke Players, will be taking an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s…

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Life at Cambridge in 1957

Dr Christopher Hall (1957) reflects on his time at Pembroke and remembers some of the famous faces from his year group. It was only twelve years after the end of…

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The Resting Place of the Foundress

Following on from their report about the birthplace of Pembroke’s Foundress, Marie de St Pol, Kit Smart and alumnus Barrie Cross (1956) have been investigating the site of her burial…

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