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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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An Interview with the Master’s PA

Eileen Green has been working at Pembroke for nearly 25 years. She talks us through the ins-and-outs of life as the Master’s PA. What does a typical day look like…

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Bridgemas!

The last week of Michaelmas term is traditionally referred to as ‘Bridgemas’, due to the tendency to celebrate Christmas a month early, before the undergraduates go home for the holidays. Kit Smart left the warmth of her cat basket to observe the various Bridgemas festivities taking place this year. Some of the catering staff and a few volunteers got together in the Hall to put up the Christmas tree decorations. It was such a big tree that some stepladders and a tall Butler were required to place the star on top. On December 1st, staff and students were invited to gather in the Library to listen to a unique piece…

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Bookworms and Blunder Traps

In the basement of Pembroke College Library, over 30,000 rare books and manuscripts are stored in the rolling stacks of a low-ceilinged, air-conditioned room. Caring for old manuscripts such as…

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A Day in the Life of the Housekeeper

Caroline Adams has been working at Pembroke for nearly 20 years. As the Housekeeper, she and her team are responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of rooms both within College…

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New Faces at Pembroke: Part 2

A few of our other newest members of staff share their thoughts on arriving at (or returning to) Pembroke. Lord Chris Smith (Master) Lord Chris Smith was admitted as Master…

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