Troubador The Taste of Dark Blue

Released: 28/06/2022

ISBN: 9781803133287

Format: Paperback

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The Taste of Dark Blue


The Covid pandemic: an extraordinary time for everyone. The first lockdown of 2020 brought the world to a halt. For some, it meant a time to get closer to family. For others, the nightmare of domestic abuse. Israeli artist Tali Neeman Sabo and British poet Vivienne Vermes shared their work over the Internet. They found echoes in each other’s stories: it was as if each painting found a poem, and each poem found a painting. They put together this book, expressing in words and in art the joy and pain of being a woman.

Proceeds from The Taste of Dark Blue will go to victims of domestic violence, the large majority of whom are women.

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Tali Neeman Sabo and Vivienne Vermes

Tali Neeman Sabo is an Israeli artist, illustrator, graphic designer, lecturer and group facilitator with the arts. She was partner in a design studio in Jerusalem for many years and exhibiting her art in Israel, USA and Australia.

She illustrated and produced a children book on the prevention of childhood sexual abuse, "Speak Out, Sky!" by Maya Bolzman (2015). As a feminist and activist, she volunteers with women groups and sexual abuse prevention organizations in Israel, notably the Hasharon Rape Crisis Centre in Raanana, where she lives.

VIvienne Vermes is a British writer and actress of Irish and Hungarian origin who has lived in Paris for thirty years. She has published four collections of poetry and a novel set in Transylvania, "The Barefoot Road" (2018, Troubador, also available as an audiobook, Author's Republic, 2020). She has won several awards, including the Paragram Poetry Prize and Petite Prose Prize, Flash 500's Flash Fiction competition, and was co-winner of The Mail On Sunday's Best Opening of a Novel competition. She has performed her work all over Europe and has run creative writing courses in France, Greece and Romania. As an actress, she played Queen Elizabeth II in the blockbuster French comedy, "Les Profs 2" and opposite Natalie Portman as Judge Sarah Hughes in

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