Pam Zinnemann-Hope: On Cigarette Papers

On Cigarette Papers by Pam Zinnemann-Hope

A Reading for Several Voices

Pam Zinnemann-Hope, Catherine Simmonds and Barry Tempest

Tuesday 13 November, 6.30pm at Sladers Yard. Tickets: £8/£16 with light lunch. Phone 01308 459511 to book.

Pam Zinnemann-Hope is a prize-winning poet, children’s author and playwright. Her poems have been published in many pamphlets, anthologies and magazines and  she has been a poetry reader on BBC R3. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the composer Peter Hope. Pam is an occasional tutor for thePoetrySchool and runs workshops in & around Dorchester.

‘On Cigarette Papers’ is her first full-length poetry publication & is described by Paul Hyland as ‘the book Pam Zinnemann-Hope was born to write’. Its dramatic love story is spoken in the voices of its seven characters – six members of her family, now dead, and her own voice. The story begins with the discovery of ‘fifty pencilled recipes / on cigarette papers, in Russian’. It ranges across Europe, from Hitler’s Germany through imprisonment in the Stalin Purges to England where her parents were imprisoned on the Isle of Mann as ‘Enemy Aliens’. It ends in 1995. There are plans to take performances of OCP forward into other media. Pam has performed ‘On Cigarette Papers’ at The Drum Theatre, Plymouth, Lighthouse, Poole, The Poetry Society, the Strokestown Poetry Festival, et al.

With Catherine Simmonds, Paul Hyland & Kate Scott, Pam published “Who’s In the Next Room?”, Happen Stance, 2010, poems inspired by the life, novels and poetry of Thomas Hardy. Readings of these poems have taken place with Poet in the City at King’s Place, introduced by Sir Andrew Motion & sponsored by the Sunday Times Magazine, at Max Gate & at The Thomas Hardy Society International Conference.

The OTHER Readers:

Catherine Simmonds lives on the Dorset Wiltshire border. Her poetry is published in journals in the USA and the UK. Her book We Have Heard Ravens (Flagon Press 2008) sets writing from the prose journals of Dorothy Wordsworth as a long sequence of poems. She has produced collaborative poetry and performance commissions for various arts bodies (Aune Head Arts, Trilith, The National Trust) and has performed at events and festivals across the South West, as well as at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, alongside the poet and musician Virginia Astley. This summer she performed a commissioned poem at the rededication service of thechurch of St Juthware and St Mary in Halstock, West Dorset.

Barry Tempest is a national prize-winning local poet. He lives in Dorchester & is known for his excellent delivery of poetry, with readings in Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth, Blandford, Salisbury and as far distant as northern Italy. He has many poems published individually, including some translated into Italian. Much of his work has an international flavour, and shows fascination with our common European roots.

 Tuesday 13 November, 6.30pm at Sladers Yard. Tickets: £8/£16 with light lunch. Phone 01308 459511 to book.

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