Poetry and Music
FIONA MOORE and PAM ZINNEMANN-HOPE poets
STEPHEN KENYON guitar
Friday 5 April, 7.30pm PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!!
Tickets: £12 poetry only or £30 with delicious buffet dinner from 5.30 pm
Please phone 01308 459511 to book now
There will be four slots for poems from the floor. Please email Pam: email@example.com if you would like to take part.
“An elegant and elusive debut which balances loss against survival. Each poem is poised, as if seeking that “distal point”, the furthest stretch of land, and waiting for the tide to turn.” Poetry Book Society
“This is one of the most powerful things about this remarkably confident first volume of poems: its understanding of the present… This is a debut volume of poems which stops the reader in their tracks: buy it, read it, and then read it again.” Ian Brinton, Tears in the Fence
In her remarkable debut collection, The Distal Point (HappenStance 2018), Fiona Moore confronts personal loss and irretrievable change, as well as wider themes – recent European history and the politics of power. To such concerns she brings creativity, humour and intelligence. Please scroll down this page to find Fiona Moore’s poem ‘The Distal Point’. Her collection was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2018 and was shortlisted for the 2019 T S Eliot Prize.
Fiona Moore lives in Greenwich, London. In 2004 she left her career in the Foreign Office to write and work part-time for a sustainable development NGO. She reviews poetry and was an assistant editor at The Rialto. She is currently on the editorial board of Magma and has just co-edited the Climate Change Issue which includes a collaboration with Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
The first of her two HappenStance pamphlets, The Only Reason for Time, was a Guardian poetry book of the year and the second, Night Letter, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets.
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.
Foothold, Pam Zinnemann-Hope’s second collection, moves 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.
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, & was premiered in Manchester.
Pam Zinnemann-Hope is also a children’s author. She has been a poetry reader on BBC Radio 3 and given readings in many locations including King’s Place London, Lighthouse Poole & The Drum Theatre Plymouth. She has held a number of residencies, is an experienced tutor and currently runs advanced poetry seminars in West Dorset, where she lives with her husband.
Stephen Kenyon is a guitarist and composer from Dorchester. After studying at Trinity College in London he gave solo recitals around the UK and abroad, wrote three guitar concerti among many other works and collaborated with Ravi Shankar on the latter’s Sitar Concerto. Eventually he moved back to his native Dorset, and now teaches guitar at various places, publishes and composes, and occasionally performs.
Stephen has joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Mahler (and the Bond theme…) and played with Kokoro, the Contemporary Music Ensemble of the BSO. He has given the first performances of a number of works including those of the leading Dorset composer Peter Hope, whose “Divertimento” and “Sonatina” were written for him. An advocate of historical performance practice, he has often performed with early instruments and currently plays with the Playford (and Regency) repertoire trio “Doves Figary”.
For more performances visit Stephen’s Youtube channel: youtube.com/user/JacarandaMusic
Friday 5 April 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 or £30 with a delicious buffet dinner from 5.30 pm
Please call 01308 459511 for tickets.
The Distal Point
We stand at the point of greatest change –
the distal point, a shingle spit
at the end of the longshore drift.
Here the waves curve
and spill, lacing each other,
forming a landscape that moves
leached of colour.
No-one who stands here
can see down the length
of the wind’s fetch
and only the gulls measure
the shape of swell
as they swing high
on the full, low in the swale
and no-one has stood here before
where each accretion of ground
becomes an erosion
from the diagonal swash
and straight backwash,
the waves’ refraction and landfall.
No-one will stand here again.