Living Poetry

Book launch and live poetry performance

Elaine Beckett, Kim Squirrell, Gill Barr and Pam Zinnemann-Hope

Friday 18 March 2022, 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 from Sladers Yard t: 01308 459511

A poetry performance to celebrate the launch of Elaine Beckett’s debut full length collection Sea Creature Regrows Entire Body with Verve Poetry Press (2021)

‘Occasionally a poet comes along pretty much fully formed. That is what I felt when I first read Elaine Beckett’s poems. Not only her voice – brazen, tender and undeceived – but how it’s held in structures of great poise and resonance. Revelatory poems to be read, and read again.’ – Greta Stoddart

Elaine Beckett‘s Faber New Poets 13 pamphlet (2016) was described in the Guardian as ‘undeceived and brilliantly evoked.’ Her work has featured in The Poetry Review, Ambit Magazine, The North, etc. In 2020 she was long listed for the National Poetry Competition, short listed for the Bridport Prize, and commissioned by Ledbury International Poetry Festival. She originally trained as a composer and later graduated from the National Film and TV School as a writer director. Elaine lives locally and has read her wonderful poetry at Sladers Yard on a number of occasions.

Kim Squirrell is a multidisciplinary artist and a writer and has worked in land-based arts and education for over thirty years. Her work is inspired by family history and the natural world most recently archival research, objects and images have led her to experiment with polyphonic narratives. Her work has been published in literary magazines and anthologies. In 2021 she won the Bridport Prize Dorset Award with her novel in progress and was shortlisted for the James Berry Poetry Prize.

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The evening will be introduced by Pam Zinnemann-Hope and will include readings from her first collection, On Cigarette Papers, and from the wonderful performer Gill Barr.

Pam Zinnemann-Hope’s first collection, On Cigarette Papers, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize & adapted by her for The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, in which she also acted, alongside Eleanor Bron, Greg Wise, Emma Fielding et al. The poems tell of her parents’ escape from Nazi Germany and begins with the discovery of ‘fifty pencilled recipes / on cigarette papers, in Russian’. The story ranges across Europe, from Hitler’s Germany through imprisonment in the Stalin Purges to England where her parents were interned on the Isle of Mann as ‘Enemy Aliens’. It ends in 1995.

Pam’s second collection, Foothold, travels through the seasons and ecology in Thomas Hardy territory, through deep time, music and love in old age. Some poems have been set by the composer David Dubery & by Pam’s husband, Peter Hope. Pam is also a children’s author.

Gill Barr holds an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poems have appeared in publications such as The Honest Ulsterman, Bad Lilies, erbacce pressThe New European and Riptide’s Climate Change Matters Anthology

Gill read her prize-winning short-story Skylight at the Bridport Lit Festival in 2017 and appeared again in 2018 as a poet. She read at the Exeter Lit Festival in 2019 and 2021. She lives in West Dorset and has recently retired from teaching. 

Please call 01308 459511 to reserve your tickets.