Poetry and music at Sladers Yard

LONDON-based poet and editor Fiona Moore joins Dorset’s Pam Zinnemann-Hope and guitarist Stephen Kenyon for an evening of poetry and music at Sladers Yard, the gallery and arts venue in West Bay on Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm.

Fiona Moore, who lives in Greenwich,  left her career in the Foreign Office in 2004, to write and work part-time for a sustainable development NGO. She reviews poetry and was an assistant editor at The Rialto. She is 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. In her debut collection, The Distal Point (HappenStance 2018), Fiona confronts personal loss and irretrievable change, as well as wider themes – recent European history and the politics of power. It  has been shortlisted for the 2019 T S Eliot Prize.

Pam Zinnemann-Hope’s first collection, On Cigarette Papers, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and was adapted by her for the Radio 4 Afternoon Play, in which she also acted, alongside Eleanor Bron, Greg Wise and Emma Fielding. The poems, which tell of her parents’ escape from Nazi Germany, begin with the discovery of 50 pencilled recipes on cigarette papers, in Russian. The story ranges 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.

In her second collection, Foothold, Pam celebrates the West Dorset landscape through the seasons, while recording its ecology in a changing climate. There are also poems about music, (the poet’s husband is a composer), love in old age and love of a grandson.

Dorchester-based guitarist and composer Stephen Kenyon studied at Trinity College in London. He has given solo recitals around the UK and abroad, and has written three guitar concerti and collaborated with Ravi Shankar on the latter’s Sitar Concerto. He teaches guitar and publishes and composes. He has played with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kokoro, the BSO’s contemporary music ensemble and has given several first performances of works including Dorset composer Peter Hope’s Divertimento and Sonatina, which were written for him. He plays with the Playford (and Regency) repertoire trio, Doves Figary.

There will be a buffet dinner in the Sladers Yard from 5.30pm (book on 01308 459511) and during the evening there will be four slots for poems from the floor – call Pam on 01300 320826 if you would like to take part.

Pictured: Fiona Moore, photograph by Naomi Woddis