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The Laurence Martin Literature and Poetry Event

Professor Sir Laurence Martin

The English Fellows at Girton College are pleased to invite you to a special event on Saturday 26 November 2022 at College to mark the life of Professor Sir Laurence Martin and his support of poetry and literature more widely. Professor Martin established a national poetry prize at Girton in memory of his daughter, Jane Martin (Classics, 1978). For more information about this poetry prize please visit:

The event will begin with an afternoon symposium featuring a range of performances, literary presentations, and performance poetry on the theme of Poetic Justice. The symposium will be followed by a drinks reception and dinner in Hall.

All those connected with English and poetry at Girton – alumni, Fellows, and students – are very welcome to attend. We are also inviting the past judges and winners of the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. If you know of any Girtonian, from any subject, who would like to receive this invitation please do get in touch.

POETIC JUSTICE: Afternoon Symposium on Literature and Poetry

2.00pm – 2.30pm: Tea and coffee

2.30pm – 4.00pm: Truth to Power
Confirmed speakers include:

Rhona Jamieson (English, 2015): Conspiracy Theories and Social Justice in Hari Kunzru's Red Pill 

Carol Adlam (2021–22 Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Visiting Fellow Commoner)

Toby Green (English, 2019): Lamentation. Of what nature is it now?

4.00pm – 4.30pm: Tea and Coffee

4.30pm – 6.00pm: Lament
Confirmed speakers include:

Adam Crothers (English, 2002):"Cut hem fray tear | or just adjust": Just about five Girtonian poems

Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo (2000–04 Ottilie Hancock Research Fellow): Never More Than Now: Covering Ground by Hints and Splinters

Tim Boniface (Girton College Chaplain): Confronted by the Blues: John Coltrane and improvised musical lament Dinner 6.00pm

6.00pm – 7.00pm Drinks Reception

7.00pm – Dinner in Fellows' Dining Room

To reserve your place at the symposium and/or the dinner please complete the booking form on this webpage or call +44 (0)1223 338901.

Tickets for dinner are £55 per person and include wine, you are welcome to bring a guest. The dress code for the event is smart casual.

We would like to receive bookings by Friday 18 November 2022 if possible.

As it is in Term time there is very limited accommodation in Girton but if you wish to make alternative arrangements, please note that the below hotels are near to the College.
Hyatt Centric Cambridge
Turing Locke
Premier Inn (Cambridge North – Girton)
A full range of accommodation available in Cambridge can be found at the following website:

To read more about Professor Sir Laurence Martin 1928–2022 visit:

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Emma Cornwall on behalf of the English Fellows of Girton College


Dr Emma Cornwall
Development Office
Girton College Cambridge, CB3 0JG
t. +44 (0)1223 338 901 e.