Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Short-lived win

The controversy about the election process for the Oxford Professor of Poetry has not been quelled, on the contrary, Ruth Padel felt compelled to resign from the position yesterday, when the news broke at the Hay festival.

Ruth Padel, who had denied leaking any information about Walcott,  admitted this weekend that she had informed the press of information that was already available in the public domaine.

A.C. Grayling, who nominated Ruth Padel for the Oxford position said he felt that Padel should step down.  

Patrick Foster, "Oxford poetry professor Ruth Padel quits after smear campaign against Derek Walcott," Times (May 26, 2009).
Charlotte Higgins, "Oxford professor of poetry Ruth Padel resigns after smear allegations," Guardian (May 25, 2009).
Haycast #3 from the Guardian (May 25, 2009).
Urmee Khan and Richard Eden, "Ruth Padel under pressure to resign Oxford post over emails about rival poet Derek Walcott," Telegraph (May 25, 2009).
Sarah Crown, James Sturcke, Charlotte Higgins, "Ruth Padel fights to keep Oxford post over tip-offs about her rival," Gardian (May 24, 2009).
Sarah Crown, Charlotte Higgins, "Poetry Professor Ruth Padel defends herself over smear campaign claims," Guardian (May 24, 2009).