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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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Europe from the inside

Pembroke students travel all over the world. On Tuesday, three current students revealed what it’s like to live abroad for a year. Now, Audrey Lejeune (2013) talks about spending her vacations ‘couchsurfing’ her way…

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A week at Pembroke House

Founded in 1885, Pembroke House is the College’s social action centre in Walworth, South London. Jess Farmery (2013) spent last week volunteering at Pembroke House in order to help with various Christmas activities and this is a diary of her experience. Monday After spending a fantastic two weeks volunteering at Pembroke House in July, I couldn’t wait to return during the Christmas vacation. The office team and the other volunteers were so friendly and welcoming, and I felt that I really had a positive impact during my short but intense time there. I arrive in the morning, after catching the train from Oxford, and have a chat with the office team so…

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Escaping the bubble

Undergraduates studying Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge spend their third year living abroad. We asked three Pembroke students currently on their year abroad to give us an update at different points…

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Research roundup 2014

For the last blog post of 2014, we give you a roundup of the year’s research and news at Pembroke. Throughout the year, fellows and students at Pembroke have continued to publish…

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Studying satire

Even if you have never read Dante’s Divine Comedy, you will probably be aware of the basic plot. A character called Dante, a fictionalised version of the author himself, travels…

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