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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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A day in the life: ASNaC

ASNaC is one of the most unusual courses on offer at Pembroke. Standing for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, it allows students to combine their interests in history, language, literature, art…

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Peak performance

Pembroke’s women take to the ski slopes. Back at the start of December, when most of Pembroke’s undergraduates were preparing for the end-of-term Christmas bop, Liz Adams (2013) was delving into the bottom of her wardrobe to find her helmet, boots and skis. Along with three other Pembroke students – Sarah Flaherty (2014), Maya Gordon (2014) and Angus Hopkinson (2012) – it was the day that she would board a plane to France and begin training to enter the world's oldest continuing skiing competition: the Varsity Race. The Varsity Trip dates back to 1921 and is organised annually by a committee of students from both Cambridge and Oxford Universities. In…

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The statistics of Old Norse spelling

Our graduates study a wide variety of subjects. Here, Tam Blaxter (2013) explains his work on Old Norse. What are you studying? The broad area that I work on is…

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Bookworms

The ‘NADFAS ladies’ are just one example of the work that goes on behind the scenes at Pembroke. Jane, Mavis and Rosemary are all volunteers with the Cambridge branch of…

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No Spain, no gain

In a new annual tradition, Pembroke College Boat Club heads to Spain each January for an intense training camp. Following her recent article on rowing for The Telegraph, Charlotte Chorley (2012) reveals what…

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