About Graham Palmer

Starting in the small press world of the 1980s, Graham co-founded Stride Magazine with Rupert Loydell – one early reviewer commenting, ‘Palmer has the impressive gift of word economy, using a stark interplay of image and lyric to produce poems of depth and beauty.’

Since then he has dabbled with journalism and reviewing, written an ‘incisive’ study-guide on the Hound of the Baskervilles (so says the Sherlock Holmes Society of London) and published three books on writing for language-learners with Cambridge University Press, one of which was chosen by the English Language Gazette as their ‘Book of the Month’.

His original research featured in the centennial Book of the Old Edinburgh Club and the creation of myths, how the past informs or misinforms the present, has been one of his consistent themes. In addition to Cracked Voices, he is currently working on a historical biography.

About Jenni Pinnock

With a varied collection of influences, British composer Jenni Pinnock’s music has been described as ‘refreshing’, ‘imaginative’ and ‘tantalizingly beautiful in smoothness and soul’. Her work is heavily influenced by nature and the world around us, is predominantly tonal, and has received performances around the UK and in Europe.

Jenni Pinnock graduated with first class honours from her BMus (hons) from Kingston University, and with merit from her intensive MMus in composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she studied with Stephen Montague and Gregory Rose.

She lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two children, is a member of Colchester New Music and BASCA. In 2013-14 she was one of five composers chosen for Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme (run by Making Music and Sound and Music and funded by PRS For Music Foundation), and the resultant work ‘Quangle Quadrille’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January 2015. In 2014 she was awarded the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers Award, and her commission ‘Revolution’ was premiered in Reading on 17th January 2015.