Poetry and Music
Friday 7 December 8pm
Tickets: £12.50 poetry only or £30 with delicious buffet dinner from 6.30pm
Please phone 01308 459511 to book now
There will be four slots for poems from the floor. Please call Pam on 01300 320826 if you would like to take part.
Poet and editor Ann Gray has written three collections including At The Gate (Headland, 2008), The Man I Was Promised (Headland, 2004), Painting Skin (Fatchance Press, 1995). She has an MA in Creative writing from the University of Plymouth. Her poems have been selected for the Forward Prize Anthology in 1995 and 2008, and she was commended for the National Poetry Competition, 2010. She has come second in the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Prize, and won the Ballymaloe poetry prize in 2014. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the best single poem at the Forward Prizes. She was poet in residence at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens as part of the Thresholds University Museums Project, curated by the Poet Laureate in 2013. This year, 2018, she is one of the winners of the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition with I wish I had More Mothers.
She has tutored at Ty Nywedd, been a guest reader at Arvon and taught poetry workshops at Liverpool John Moores University. She gives occasional workshops in Devon and Cornwall. She has written for dance, worked with schools, and is currently working with Access Theatre, in Launceston. She is co director of the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival.
Ann lives and works in Cornwall where she has a care home for people with dementia, in a 3 acre setting of therapeutic gardens and orchards.
Listen to Ann Gray by clicking the links below.
Foothold is a new departure for Pam Zinnemann-Hope. Beginning and ending with snow, the poems move through the seasons in West Dorset in celebration of the landscape while recording its ecology in a changing climate. There are poems which explore deep time and the tiny place we humans occupy in earth’s history, also poems treating of music, (the poet’s husband is a composer), of love in old age & of love for a young grandson.
Some of the poems have won significant prizes and been performed at King’s Place, London, Max Gate, Strokestown Poetry Festival et al.
Four of the poems have been set by composer David Dubery, of which ‘Visit’ was premiered by tenor James Gilchrist in Gloucester Cathedral.
‘Brim’ has been set by the poet’s husband, Peter Hope, & will be premiered in Manchester on October 22.
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 Radio 3. She has held a number of residencies and runs poetry seminars and workshops.
On Cigarette Papers, Pam Zinnemann-Hope’s first collection, 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.
Her first full-length poetry publication, it tells of her parents’ escape from Nazi Germany. 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.
Dr Frances Eustace is a professional musician and medievalist. She has had a long career performing with leading orchestras and ensembles specialising in Early Music.
After graduating she won an Award to study at the Geneva Conservatoire (Gold medal, Classe de Perfectionnement). Since 1983 she has performed with all the leading orchestras in London and many in Europe. She was a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment until 1996.
She has been involved in award-winning recordings. Her solo CD on instruments from 1600 to 1910 (The Finchcocks Collection) is regularly broadcast across the world.
She has also had chapters published on the medieval allegory of the Dance of Death, and also Dance and Gesture as Media for Dramatic Expression. She plays bassoon, viola da gamba and bagpipes and, as she puts it, ‘other old instruments involving blowing and scraping’.
Friday 7 December 8pm. Tickets: £12.50 or £30 with a delicious buffet dinner at 6.30 pm