Poetry and early music at Sladers Yard

POETS Ann Gray and Pam Zinneman-Hope perform with early music expert Frances Eustace at an entertaining evening at Sladers Yard, West Bay, on Friday 7th December at 8pm.

The evening will also be a chance to see the inspiring Sladers Yard exhibition, After Eighties, featuring the veteran artists Fred Cuming, Robin Rae, Alfred Stockham and potter Richard Batterham (continuing to 20th January).

Poet and editor Ann Gray, who runs a care home for dementia sufferers in Cornwall, 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.

Pam Zinnemann-Hope will be reading from her new collection, Foothold. 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, as well as  poems treating of music, (the poet’s husband Peter is a composer) and of love.

Pam’s first collection, On Cigarette Papers, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and was adapted by her for a BBC Radio 4 afternoon play, in which she also acted, with Eleanor Bron, Greg Wise and Emma Fielding. 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 Man as “enemy aliens.”

Dr Frances Eustace is a professional musician and medievalist who studied at the Geneva Conservatoire and has performed with leading orchestras in London and many in Europe since 1983. She was a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment until 1996.

She has been involved in award-winning recordings and made solo CDs playing instruments from 1600 to 1910 (The Finchcocks Collection). She has written on the medieval allegory of the Dance of Death. She plays bassoon, viola da gamba and bagpipes and “other old instruments involving blowing and scraping.”

The performance begins at 8pm, and there is buffet supper in the Sladers Yard cafe from 6.30pm; book on 01308 459511.

Pictured: The cover of Pam Zinneman-Hope’s new collection with a cover by printmaker Liz Somerville; musician Frances Eustace.