THEM 2 - Love, Life and Laughter

For one night only, ‘furiously fabulous females’ aka THEM 2, acclaimed poet, Donna Jones MBE and award-winning writer, Joan Ellis, will perform their quirky mix of poetry, prose and anecdotes in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, at 7pm on Thursday 19 April 2018.

THEM 2 mine pasts more chequered than Donna’s golf trousers to create an evening of love, life and laughter in the relaxed environment of the John Cheverton Centre.
After taking early retirement in 2010, Donna moved to the Isle of Wight to focus on her writing and poetry. Donna performs widely across the UK and North Carolina, and has published three poetry books. Joan performs at spoken word and literary festivals, including this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and has penned four 5* books.

Admission to the evening is £10, and includes wine and canapés, with all proceeds going to the hospice where Joan’s mother was cared for in her final days. Joan said: “My beloved Mum, Joan Ellis, died of Alzheimer's on January 3, 2018. The one blessing was she spent her final days at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, where the love and care she received was exemplary. It felt like she had been rescued and wrapped in love.

“My mother's death was so different to how it might have been. It was both calm and dignified - just like she had always been - surrounded by those she loved and who loved her. I would give anything to have her back but she left us in the best way possible, thanks to Earl Mountbatten,” Joan added.

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said: “We’re really grateful to both Donna and Joan for putting on this fundraising event in support of our hospice. They are talented performers and have a unique ability to really engage the audience with their anecdotes and stories. It is sure to be a very memorable evening that we are very much looking forward to – please come and support Them2!”

Tickets for the event are available on the evening on the door and no booking is necessary.  

Past reviews of Donna and Joan’s performances include:

‘Funny and poignant…a night to remember’ Sue Ablett, Festival Director, Evesham Festival of Words 2017

‘Marvellous. An extraordinary evening that should not be missed. A delight from beginning to end – humour, poetry and sadness. Joan and Donna told tales of life and totally captivated their audience. Stories of childhood, family life mixed with poetry, happiness and anguish.’ Joan Gorse, Wellington Festival Committee, Wellington Arts Festival 2017

‘Brilliant performances’ Heather Alexander, Artistic Director Hastings Fringe September 2017

 ‘Heartfelt anecdotes’ Laura Clare Reid, Fringe Review Ventnor Fringe August 2017

‘Joan Ellis and Donna Jones produced an event that was imaginative and full of wit and glamour but also managed to touch on profound issues – all in all a smashing occasion.’ Victoria Orr-Ewing, President Isle of Wight Literary Festival Isle of Wight Literary Festival October 2016

 ‘Talented performers’ Nigel Hartley, Hospice Chief Executive Fundraiser Earl Mountbatten Hospice April 2016

Spelling tests, smear tests, mad mums, bad boyz, navy knickers and nicked TVs? You can expect all of these things and more from these shy, retiring ladies. One is a Member of the British Empire, an award-winning poet and artist – Donna Jones. The other is a Ventnor Fringe favourite, 5* author and broadcaster – Joan Ellis. This will be quite the event. Two furiously fabulously females, I can’t recommend strongly enough you buy a ticket to this offering of stories, spoken word, high drama and knickers.Seriously, these are two severely interesting, talented and inspirational women. And they’re a bit of a bloody good laugh too. Go and see.’ Laura Clare Reid, Fringe Review Ventnor Fringe August 2016

About Joan
Joan met at least two of her three husbands working as an award-winning copywriter in London’s top advertising agencies. She wrote a column for Junior about her young daughter, who has had the good sense never to read a word her mother writes. Juggling a baby on the lip with a slogan on the lip, Joan also ran a comedy club even appearing on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once. As a university lecturer, she taught Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising which is probably why he became a comedian. Joan performs at spoken word and literary festivals, including this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, in addition to hosting her chat show on Vectis Radio interviewing everyone from former Radio1 DJ, Rob da Bank to disgraced ex-MP Andrew Turner. Joan has penned four 5* books: I am Ella. Buy me, Guilt, The Things You Missed While You Were Away and The Killing of Mummy’s Boy based on her meeting with a murderer.

‘The Killing of Mummy’s Boy’, shortlisted The Winston Fletcher Fiction Prize 2016
‘Guilt’ finalist The Penfro First Chapter Competition 2017.
‘The Killing of Mummy’s Boy’ shortlisted Flash 500 Novel opening Chapter and Synopsis (Crooked Cat Publishing):
‘I am Ella. Buy me’ longlisted
Words With Jam First Page Competition  
‘Guilt’ shortlisted
‘I am Ella. Buy me’ and ‘The Killing of Mummy’s Boy’ Shortlisted UK Creative Arts, National Writing Competition 2016

About Donna
When it comes to a career, the career of Donna Jones MBE will be found in the file marked 'Not for the faint hearted!' After taking early retirement in 2010 Donna moved to the Isle of Wight to focus on her writing and poetry. Donna has published 3 poetry books, Blue Devils, The Thick and Thin Of It, and Red Raw, as well as being included in many anthologies.
In 2014, she established 'Sound Bites' to support and showcase emerging poets. Donna has performed widely across the UK and North Carolina, America. Highlights include performing at the Ventnor Fringe, Bestival, The Isle of Wight festival and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

'Real, carefully wrought and unafraid poems that often tear away the poetic veil to reflect feelings and lives from troubled landscapes. From Skeg Vegas to Blackberries, Donna Jones sings the dark of tough times, and harrowing journeys, to find moments of sweet relief, tenderness and hope.  Fabulous and personal work. Read it.' Matt Black, Derbyshire Poet Laureate.
Dates & times: 19/04/2018 19:00:00 — 19/04/2018 21:00:00
Venue: John Cheverton Centre

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Wendy Young, patient