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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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Art as a Medium for Action

Pembroke PhD student Cinthia Willaman (2010) has been working with artist Gyunel Rustamova to curate an exhibition entitled Art as a Medium for ACTION, opening this week in London and…

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From One President to Another

This week Alice Ievins (2008) will officially be handing over the reins of Graduate Parlour President to Craig Burns (2011). The pair agreed to talk to Kit Smart about the past year and the future in the GP. What have been the best and hardest things about being president? Alice: In terms of things that I’ve enjoyed, I think Fresher’s Week because it involves a lot of organisation and there’s quite a lot of stress building up to it. I’d finished my field work in a prison in Stafford on the Wednesday before Fresher’s Week began so I’d been organising it from a distance. But once it began, it ran so…

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Volunteering at Pembroke House

Pembroke graduate Daisy Prior (2012) talks about the week she spent volunteering with Pembroke House Pembroke House is a community centre founded in 1885 by Pembroke Students in Walworth, South…

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Basketball Blues

Pembroke PhD students Léonie de Jonge (2014) and Michelle Quay (2013) won Varsity and received Blues with the Cambridge University Women’s Basketball Club but their work is not done yet. This…

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Why I Row

PhD student and member of the PCBC W1, Courtney Landers reflects on how she started rowing and her love of the sport. It’s a small source of pride when I’m…

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