Poet Ruth Sharman with Pam Zinnemann-Hope Friday 23 March

Poetry and Music


Award-winning poet, studied by International Baccalaureate students,

in an evening introduced by 


reading from her acclaimed new collection Foothold with


Friday 23 March 8pm

Tickets: £10 poetry only or £25 with dinner from 6.30 for 7pm

There will be four slots for poems from the floor.  Please call Pam on 01300 320826 if you would like to take part.

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Ruth Sharman was born in south India and came to live in England when she was six. She read Modern Languages at Cambridge and now lives in Bath, where she works as a freelance editor and French translator.

Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including, among others, The Faber Book of Murder, Everyman’s Killer Verse and A Twist of Malice: Uncomfortable Poems by Older Women. Birth of the Owl Butterflies, her first full-length collection, was published by Picador. The title poem won second prize in the Arvon International Poetry Competition and also appears on one of the International Baccalaureate’s English exam papers. 

Her second collection, Scarlet Tiger, won Templar Poetry’s Straid Collection Award for 2016.

Book cover(1)

So, where does time go?
All the days of our lives,
the hours we’ve spent waiting
for buses, or rehearsing
conversations round and round
in our heads? Isn’t it there still,
located in brain cells,
each moment freighted
with every moment gone
before, the memory of people,
places, things? Fragments
reach us now and then
from those distant galaxies —
tiny, random and bright,
like that moment in the garden
when we stood watching
a trail of mercury in sunlight,
so far away we couldn’t be sure
if they were geese or swans.

Pam Zinnemann-Hope

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Image by Liz Somerville

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.

Stephen Kenyon

Stephen Kenyon studied classical guitar from the age of seven, but did a BA Honours Degree in English and Media Studies, after graduation in 1984 he travelled widely, following up various ethnomusicological and folk music interests, and from 1986 began to combine these with a more formal approach to guitar study and composition. In 1990 this led to enrollment as a Post Graduate at Trinity College of Music in London under Gilbert Biberian and Dr Glenn Morgan, where in 1991 he successfully took the Post Graduate Certificate in Guitar Performance.

He stayed at TCM for a further three years, working with many student composers, ensembles and workshops, and conducting the London Guitar Orchestra, the only professional guitar orchestra in the country. In 1993  he began his international recital career with a tour of France. This has now grown with concerts throughout France, Germany, Latvia and the US as well as the UK. Since 1995 Stephen has often performed on an 1830 Staufer guitar, concentrating on music of the period with this instrument for the first half of the programme.

He reviews a large collection of mainly contemporary music scores and CD recordings for Classical Guitar magazine. From 1995 to 1998 he was editor of the EGTA (UK) Guitar Journal. He has written three guitar concertos and his music has been performed in France, Germany, Italy and the US. He has won first prizes in composition competitions from Middlesex University and the St Cecilia Festival. His compositions for solo guitar have been published and have been included in the exam syllabus of both Trinity and Guildhall, and on the Music Medals syllabus of the Associated Board.

Since moving to Dorset Stephen has performed with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on a number of occasions and with their 20th Century music ensemble Kokoro, and is Artistic Director and conductor of the Dorset Guitar Society.


Friday 23 March 8pm. Tickets: £10 or £25 with a delicious buffet dinner at 6.30 for 7pm

Please call 01308 459511 to book.


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