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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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The Birthplace of the Foundress

Pembroke College was founded on Christmas Eve, 1347, by Marie de St Pol, the widow of the Earl of Pembroke. Marie was born in St. Pol-sur-Ternoise, a small town near…

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Three Hundred Sons of this House

On Remembrance Sunday each year, the Dean leads an Act of Remembrance in front of the War Memorial in Pembroke’s cloisters. Members of the College attend, wearing gowns as a mark of respect, to honour the memory of the Pembroke men who died in the First and Second World Wars. Of the three hundred and eight names inscribed on the First World War Memorial outside the Chapel, three were College staff. Twenty-four College members of staff fought in the First World War; the fatality rate reflects the national average of one in eight men killed. The three hundred and five College members on the memorial are listed in order of…

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Madsen Pirie comes to Pembroke Politics

The Pembroke Politics Society, formed in 2013, already has an impressive track record of attracting world-class speakers for its events. The latest Politics Society talk was by Madsen Pirie, founder of…

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Pembroke in Scotland

Last week the Pembroke College Cambridge Society celebrated its 65th Annual Scottish Dinner, held at the New Club in central Edinburgh. Kit Smart grabbed her pet passport and headed north…

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Halloween Horror

With Halloween fast approaching, let’s take a look back through time at some of the more unpleasant fates to have befallen Pembroke’s alumni… Out of the Frying Pan, into the…

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