An Evening Of Poetry, Prose And Music[14447]


Jon Trotman With Books[14449]
John Trotman
Medina Bookshop in Cowes will be hosting an evening of readings by local poet John Trotman interspersed with harp playing by Theresa Ellis on Monday (27th June).

Former headteacher John Trotman will be celebrating the launch of his second collection of writing: Cuttings: Prose and Poems. Known to many here on the Island for his work with the local Samaritans, his writing is unsurprisingly filled with compassion and reflects the fragilities of our world.

Trotman explores personal memories, mortality, medical and astronomical marvels, recent British politics, historical and literary continuities, and – in the last two pieces – the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine.

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John moved to the Island from Hertfordshire in 2011, and the Island crops up throughout this latest volume, including a wonderful poem about Luccombe beach and a fond tribute to much loved and much missed Ventnor eccentric John Armstrong, who passed away last year.

Theresa Ellis[14448]
Theresa Ellis
An accomplished public speaker, John’s readings will be interspersed with musical interludes provided by harpist Theresa Ellis.

Bookshop manager Paul Armfield says:

“John’s writing is as good as anything I’ve read. Though he wears his talents lightly, when you hear him recite his poetry you cannot fail to be in awe of both his mind and his talent.

“Though not without humour or lightness, he does not shy away from difficult subjects. Theresa Ellis’ harp playing will be the perfect complement, beautiful musical pauses in which the words can settle. I look forward to it immensely.”

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The event starts at 19:00 on Monday (27th June). Tickets cost £6 – which includes a free drink on arrival – and must be purchased in advance from the shop, their website, or by phoning 01983 300044.

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