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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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This week a new Children’s Laureate was announced. Author, illustrator and cartoonist Chris Riddell has taken over from Malorie Blackman, making him the ninth Children’s Laureate. But did you know that the…

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Pembroke and Pandaemonium

As a new display at Pembroke shows, the College was once home to the man behind the pandemonium of the 2012 London Olympics. Resident members of the College may have noticed a new display in J staircase. Put together by our Graduate Trainee Librarian, Peter Czosnyka, it explores the life and works of Humphrey Jennings (1926). It includes Jennings' identity card, stills from his films and a slim volume of tributes by other filmmakers that was published after his death. Despite making over 30 films and being considered one of Britain’s most important documentary filmmakers, Jennings’ name has largely fallen into obscurity, recognised only by film fanatics. Jennings was educated…

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Pembroke and Nepal III

Deepa Solanki (2009) graduated from Pembroke in 2012 and is now a Manager in the South Asia practice of Adam Smith International, a leading international advisory firm. For the past year and a half…

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From CB2 to W1A

In honour of the BBC themed bop on Friday, we spoke to Mark Mann (1999) who now works as a technology transfer manager at the Beeb. As Mark Mann (1999)…

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What a pane

Where in Pembroke can you find a weesle headed armadillo, a great gogle eyed beetle and a nocoonaca? In the library, of course. The colourful stained glass window that runs…

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