Polly Samson and David Gilmour Discussion at Irish Book Festival

The Kindness by Polly Samson
The Kindness by Polly Samson

Writer Polly Samson, who is married to the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd David Gilmour, has a new book out in the UK next week called The Kindness. This is her fourth book following the successful Perfect Lives book of short stories in 2010.

The Independent described the new book as a “gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal.”

Your humble narrator is looking forward to both reading this new book, but also one particular discussion with David and Polly in Ireland this June where they will be discussing their work together.

Polly Samson & David Gilmour Discussion

To support the launch of the book, Polly Samson and David Gilmour will be at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas 2015 where the pair, in their first joint artistic event together, will discuss their songwriting partnership for Pink Floyd and David Gilmour’s solo work.

Borris House Ireland Book Festival
Borris House Ireland Book Festival

The event takes place in Ireland at a beautiful property, Borris House, which is one of the most spectacular houses in Ireland, and sits at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains, on the banks of the River Barrow, in the small village of Borris in the hinterland of South County Carlow.

Polly Samson and Husband David Gilmour
Polly Samson and Husband David Gilmour

Polly Samson wrote lyrics for Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell and the song Louder than Words from Pink Floyd’s final studio album The Endless River.

She also wrote on David Gilmour’s 2006 solo album On an Island and is working on David’s 2015 new album which is currently untitled.

David will of course be touring the new album starting in Croatia in September 2015.

Polly’s new book has been written during some pretty hard times over the past few years including the death of her father who was given an incorrect dosage of medication in hospital, she lost her journalist friend Cassandra Jardine to lung cancer and her son Charlie Gilmour, whose father is English poet Heathcote Williams, was imprisoned for going on the rampage in London which included him being on the bonnet of Prince Charles’ car and climbing up the Cenotaph war memorial in central London. Youth! Amongst all of this, she has written her book and you can read more about it on her website.

A Busy Gilmour Household

David Gilmour playing a saw with a bow
David Gilmour playing a saw with a bow [Pic: Polly Samson 2015]
Polly has her own artistic events going on this year and there will be much discussion in the Gilmour household in Brighton about it I am sure – she is not letting David Gilmour dominate discussions at the dining room table about his new album and tour!

That said, she appears to have ceded a little and bought David a saw and a bow for his 69th birthday! She’s good, Polly. I wonder if it will make an appearance on the tour later this year?

Get A Signed Copy of The Kindness

Polly Samson
Polly Samson [Pic: Linda Nylind]
The Kindness is published in hardback on 12th March in the UK and on 5th May in Australia. Publication date in the USA is 21st July.

You can get a copy of the book signed by Polly Samson with a dedication too.

You can get tickets for the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas – currently on sale are three day passes.

David Gilmour 2015 Tour Tickets On Sale

David Gilmour
David Gilmour [pic: Polly Samson, 2006]
Tickets to David Gilmour’s 2015 tour are on sale today at 10am GMT March 6th to coincide with David’s birthday – happy 69th birthday, David!

There are just 8 concerts announced so far with a note on David’s blog that there are no other concert dates planned at this point.

David did talk of playing at Radio City Music Hall in America recently so it could be the case there are other dates to come in 2016, you never know! However, all we know is that the dates below have been announced in what must be one of the most anticipated tours in the past ten years!

Get Your David Gilmour Tickets

Here are the links to the ticket vendors so make sure you are at the ready with your credit card to get yourself some tickets! September 2015 is not that far away really!

David Gilmour New Album 2015

David Gilmour on Drums
David Gilmour on Drums [Barn Jams Extra, Live in Gdansk DVD]
I simply cannot wait to hear David Gilmour’s new album in September 2015 when it gets released and toured!

I am half tempted to hear the album for the first time at the Royal Albert Hall in London where your humble narrator has secured some pre-sale tickets – a milestone in my life which has brought much joy.  Bring on 24th September! I am of course assuming that the album is released before the tour starts, so perhaps it will be out on Monday 7th September.

Fans were treated to Pink Floyd’s The Endless River in November 2014 which received some very mixed reviews from fans. However, fans can likely expect something much different from David Gilmour’s latest solo album which is yet untitled. He already has a solo album which is self titled so he will have to get thinking about a title sharpish!

David Gilmour and Wife Polly Samson
David Gilmour and Wife Polly Samson

David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson could possibly have been working on the new album also.

Polly is a novelist and lyricist and has contributed to albums such as The Division Bell and David’s last solo album On An Island. Her writing style compliments the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd to create something very enjoyable indeed.

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