Kit Smart’s Blog


Latest Post

pic 3

Matthew Wren’s Benefactors Book

As of last week, the Matthew Wren Benefactors' Book has been added to the Cambridge Digital Library. As many people will know, the library is so much more than a reading room. Among other things, it also contains many of the College Treasures.  One of these treasures is the Matthew Wren Benefactors’ Book. Kit Smart spoke to Jonathan Nathan, who has been working to transcribe, translate and understand the book.  It…

Read more

Recent Posts

17-11-20 Pembroke House (Mark)

Life at Pembroke House: Mark

‘I will week’ is also about social action. Where better to be talking about than Pembroke House? Pembroke House is a multi-use community space in Walworth, south east London. It was…

Read more

Poetry and Place in Pembroke and Beyond

For the last few years poetry tours, led by Cambridge poet Michael Brown, have been part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. They reveal the strong connection between poetry and place. Michael came to Pembroke on the Creative Writing in Cambridge course in 2014. He has maintained a strong relationship with Pembroke, and now leads the Pembroke poetry society.  The society is a space for writing and critiquing poetry, as well as socialising with like-minded poets from across Cambridge. So why poetry tours of Pembroke? Pembroke’s reputation for producing and nurturing excellent poets like Thomas Gray, Christopher Smart, and Clive James, makes it the natural venue for the tours.  Holding…

Read more
17-10-10 Remembrance

Remembrance at Pembroke

Once more we find ourselves talking about memory. Remembrance is part of the rhythm of the year now; the poppy a symbol widely recognised and understood. Why is remembrance so…

Read more

Advocacy and Accessories: SolidariTee

More than ‘slacktivism’: the student charity using t-shirts to provide legal aid for refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece. Legal representation is a humanitarian need.  For refugees and asylum seekers, entering…

Read more