Poetry and Music
Guitar duo: COLIN THOMPSON & ANTHONY DODDS
Thursday 28 June 8pm
Tickets: £10 poetry only or £25 with 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.
Nadine Brummer has had a home in West Dorset since the 1980s and divides her time between here and London. She was born and grew up in Manchester. After teaching Latin and several years of psychiatric social work practice she became a lecturer and tutor on the Applied Social Studies Course at Goldsmiths College where issues of race and culture were one of her central concerns, alongside poetry. Her poems are published by the prestigious Shoestring Press: a chapbook A Question of Blue Tulips and three full collections.
She has had poems published in a wide range of magazines and several anthologies (including Her Wings of Glass (Second Light Publications 2014) and read on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. Her first book Half Way to Madrid (Shoestring Press 2013) was selected as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her collection Any Particular Day was warmly reviewed in Poetry Review. What Light Does was published in November 2017.
‘In her new collection What Light Does, Nadine Brummer takes us on an exploration of ‘Light’ – its transformative effects, both literal and metaphorical. She writes of the exuberant life and colours of India, of playing football as a child among tombstones, feeding a tame blackbird in her Dorset Garden, of her Jewish heritage. I hugely admire her craft, her way of taking you to the heart of the matter.’ – Pam Zinnemann-Hope
“Poems are acutely drawn snapshots of life, still-life, and the everyday wonders of nature. They explode with vivid colours and hues…”
“Nadine Brummer’s beautifully crafted poems are sensuous and direct.… This collection deserves a wide readership … for its humanity and often dazzling insights.”
The Frogmore Papers
“Brummer has a real eye for detail and the quality of her observation animates many of these very fine poems.” – Ian Pople, Warwick Review
Gill Barr’s poetry is noted for its beauty and humour. She began writing poetry during her MA at Queen’s University Belfast, where her tutors included Sinead Morrisey and Leontia Flynn. Also a prose writer, Gill read her prize winning story Skylight (‘As close to perfection as any short story could be,’ Tanya Bruce-Lockhart) at the Bridport Literary Festival in 2017. Her novel Pier Terrace was long listed for the Exeter Novel Prize in 2016. Gill has had monologues performed in Cambridge and by the Northcott/Show of Strength Theatre Company in Exeter. She is also a vastly experienced teacher of English.
‘Gill Barr is an immensely talented poet. She is a very popular reader from the floor at Sladers and we are inviting her to have a guest slot this time. Enjoy!’ – Pam Zinnemann-Hope
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.
Colin Thompson studied guitar at the London College of Music and followed a playing career as a soloist, duo and chamber music player. He was a founder member of the English Guitar Quartet and performed with them for six years.
Anthony Dodds has taught classical guitar for thirty years and has taken part in regular duo and chamber music recitals. He is the editor of the Capriol series of books that specialise in English music for the guitar.
The two guitars being played here were both made in the West Country. Anthony’s guitar was made by Alastair McNeill in 1999. Colin’s instrument dates from 1974 and was made by Jose Romanillos. He named many of his guitars. This one is called La Arana (The Spider).
Thursday 28 June 8pm. Tickets: £10 or £25 with a delicious buffet dinner at 6.30 pm
Please call 01308 459511 to book.