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Finuala Dowling

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Finuala Dowling & Louis Zurnamer in Blood relatives and other strangers

A flyer for my latest

Poet Finuala Dowling &
Pianist Louis Zurnamer


Blood relatives and other strangers
(poems with piano)

Kalk Bay Theatre
52 Main Rd Kalk Bay
For bookings, phone 073 2205430
or book online at

Monday 21 December 2009
8.30 pm
Booking essential

Doors open from 6.00 pm
Meals available
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Fully licensed

Blood relatives and other strangers mixes the rollercoaster pleasures of Finuala Dowling’s tragic-comic poetry with the exquisite sounds of Schumann, Satie, Chopin, Scarlatti, Albéniz and Ginastera, played by Louis Zurnamer. Louis has chosen piano pieces that speak to Finuala’s poems with witty underscoring, lyrical interludes and nutty improvisations.

About the performers

Prize-winning pianist Louis Zurnamer’s astonishing musical talent was nurtured at UCT by Lamar Crowson and Barry Smith. He has featured as both soloist and accompanist in concerts and seminars across South Africa as well as in Germany, Pakistan and Islamabad. Currently he is musical director, vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for Pieter Toerien Theatre Productions, having worked on musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair and Cats.

Finuala Dowling’s debut collection of poetry, I flying, won the Ingrid Jonker Prize and its four impressions have sold out. Her second volume of poetry, Doo-Wop Girls of the Universe, was co-winner of the Sanlam Award, and her third, Notes from the Dementia Ward, was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg and Herman Charles Bosman prizes. She is the author of two novels, What Poets Need and Flyleaf. She has read her poetry at international festivals in Cape Town, Durban and Aldeburgh. Finuala teaches poetry and writes English text books for a living.


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