CMS Summer Party

On Thursday 25 June, we welcomed staff and students to our virtual King’s Manor lawn (a Zoom meeting, I know, a poor substitute), to celebrate another fabulous year at the CMS. Despite the global pandemic, we had kept our cohorts and community going, through the hard work of staff, both academic and administrative, and students – especially those organsing virtual reading groups and even conferences. There was a lot for which to be thankful.


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We had three academic prizes to award at the Party. The Mark Ormrod PhD prize was awarded to Dr Alice Toso (as highlighted in our previous post); the Garmonsway Prize for best MA coursework across the programme was awarded to part-time CMS MA student James Sillitoe; and the Olivia Toubkin Prize, which goes to the student who writes the highest-scoring Viking Poetry essay, was given this year to Medieval Literatures and Languages MA student Timothy Long.

Limerick competition

We also had a prize to award for the best medieval-themed limerick delivered on the night. Competition was fierce, but we think the two winning entries deserve their rightful place in CMS history. You can see the entries below, with the wife of Bath and sword-wielding vaginas taking the winning spots (thanks to English PhD Giacomo Valeri and HoA PhD Jordan Cook for the laughs!).

Hopefully next year’s party will take place on the sunny lawn outside the Headmaster’s House – but until then, stay safe everyone.

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