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At the end of June we had a launch party for The Mays. It was sunny and topped with strawberries, cream and readings by Sam Sudar, Sophie Seita and Rachel Teubner. We sold the anthology for a launch day bargain price of £6, though you can buy it for a mere £4 more (inc. P+P!) by clicking Purchase, over to the left. Here are a few snaps from the day, enjoy!

The Mays XIX Exclusive Preview.
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CONTENTS ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK!

Good evening pop pickers. We had around 800 individual submissions for this year’s Mays Anthology, which is simply astonishing, and may have ruined my chances of successfully submitting my MPhil thesis on time. More important than this however, is the astounding breadth, feeling and skill displayed across this panoply of work.
Catriona and I decided from the very beginning that we would like to showcase everything that Oxbridge has to offer. Rather than being the stuffed up drawly place it once was, Oxford and Cambridge are small but mighty towns, where one can walk into any coffee shop and sit beside a Peruvian archaeologist and a Glaswegian medic, each with their own unique stories to tell, and think nothing of it. Thankfully, the work our guest editors have selected represents just how diverse and fascinating the tales of those studying and pretending to study (hello!) here are.
I’m going to place the final contents pages up around a week from now, and I’d appreciate if you could spread the word to anyone else you know who has submitted work. Quite frankly, the prospect of sending hundreds of emails terrifies me (and my supervisor). I’m sorry to have to do the exam-results-on-the-notice-board thing, but needs must. Best of luck to you who entered, and tell your friends. This year’s Mays is undoubtedly the best yet.

POETRY. Jarvis Cocker is a musician, actor, radio DJ, documentary film maker and poet. He is also Petey in Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox. He has fronted his band Pulp for many years, as well as releasing two solo albums, presenting a Channel 4 series on outsider art and having his poetry emblazoned in huge brushed steel letters on the side of a prominent building in his hometown Sheffield. Jarvis’s eye for the unique and uncanny is exactly what we want in a guest editor. We’re delighted to have him on board.

POETRY. Jarvis Cocker is a musician, actor, radio DJ, documentary film maker and poet. He is also Petey in Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox. He has fronted his band Pulp for many years, as well as releasing two solo albums, presenting a Channel 4 series on outsider art and having his poetry emblazoned in huge brushed steel letters on the side of a prominent building in his hometown Sheffield. Jarvis’s eye for the unique and uncanny is exactly what we want in a guest editor. We’re delighted to have him on board.

Each year THE MAYS invites one, two or three guest editors to select the very best entries from the work submitted to us. This year, we have three stunningly fresh and exciting editors to suit our fresh and exciting poets, writers and visual artists. They are making their way through our shortlist as you read this, but to keep you interested before the June release date (MAY WEEK), we’re going to reveal this year’s editors every three days. First up, visual arts.
We will announce our guest editors for 2011 here next week. Check back, yes?
Click on it to head on over to the Facebook event. See you there!

Click on it to head on over to the Facebook event. See you there!

WHOA! LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF DATE! NOTE NOTE NOTICE!Things are busy busy busy at camp MAYS. Next Friday (11TH) sees our second Poetry and Knitting club at the English Faculty. If you happen to be near the Sidgewick Site in Cambridge, just pop through the sliding doors and up the stairs to the Graduate Common Room between 12 - 1pm.We will be knitting, eating lunch, chatting and hearing poems from Amber Medland, Orla Polten and Sophie Seita.Come join in! Knitting, eating or listening. Your choice, all welcome.

WHOA! LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF DATE! NOTE NOTE NOTICE!

Things are busy busy busy at camp MAYS. Next Friday (11TH) sees our second Poetry and Knitting club at the English Faculty. If you happen to be near the Sidgewick Site in Cambridge, just pop through the sliding doors and up the stairs to the Graduate Common Room between 12 - 1pm.

We will be knitting, eating lunch, chatting and hearing poems from Amber Medland, Orla Polten and Sophie Seita.

Come join in! Knitting, eating or listening. Your choice, all welcome.

First up, this Friday (18 Feb) will be Kristen Treen and Jordan Savage. Make sure you get yourself along; needles, sandwiches, ears, none of the above. Everyone needs a lunch break.

First up, this Friday (18 Feb) will be Kristen Treen and Jordan Savage. Make sure you get yourself along; needles, sandwiches, ears, none of the above. Everyone needs a lunch break.