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October 2008

Nomination: ‘Administration’ [3 March 1965]

I worked at the University Library from 1963-1966 as a Library Assistant and made many friends there, with most of whom I still keep in touch. One day in 1965 one of those friends, a particularly attractive girl, was caught by Philip in the stacks being rather too friendly with her then boyfriend, now husband. She is almost certain, because of the date of the poem, that ‘Administration’ was written after a telling-off she was given by Philip over this incident.

Amber Allcroft

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