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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.

Brazilian Release for Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story Of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake

A Portugese translation of Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story Of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake is due for publication in Brazil on 5 March 2012. The book, now titled ‘Nos Bastidores Do Pink Floyd’, is published by Evora and has been rush-released to coincide with Roger Waters’ upcoming tour dates in Argentina and Brazil.

The book is an excellent and evenly handled document of the history of Pink Floyd and is updated to post Syd Barrett’s untimely death. It is an enjoyable read and features opinions gleaned from 100s of interviews with people that have been part of the Pink Floyd history and had friendships with the band over the years.

Mark Blake has interviewed David Gilmour and Roger Waters over the years for various magazine pieces he has written for the likes of MOJO magazine and he has used this first hand knowledge for the book. There are 100s of books available about the history of the band and this is certainly up there in the top three! Schaffners Saucerful of Secrets and Mason’s Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd are my two other favourites.

Pick yourself up a copy! 5/5