David Gilmour and Polly Samson appearing at writing festival
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 08 March 2015

2015 Borris House Festival of Writing and IdeasJust announced is the first public appearance together by David Gilmour and his wife, Polly Samson, at the 2015 Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas. The three-day event, which takes place in June, is held in Co. Carlow, Ireland. Polly's new book, A Kindness, is published this week.

David is set to join Polly in a discussion about their songwriting partnership. Polly wrote lyrics for The Division Bell, and for Louder Than Words on The Endless River. She also contributed towards On An Island and is doing the same for David's forthcoming album, due in September to coincide with the concerts announced this week.

Polly told the Irish Times: "A friend of ours curates the festival and asked if I could get David to come along. She works so hard on it that even without consulting David, I said I'm sure we could get him to do it. And when I asked, he readily agreed."

Polly continued: "I was always reluctant to be open about it, because it felt like the domain of men with guitars. But David talked a lot about it in the interviews he did for The Endless River, and it was almost like being outed. Then there was suddenly a few articles about writers who were lyricists, especially after Michael Chabon wrote lyrics for Mark Ronson. It turned out Kazuo Ishiguro wrote lyrics and then I was included too, so then it felt okay to talk about - it felt like there were other writers who were lyricists, and we're allowed to do more than one type of writing."

The festival runs from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June, and is said to be a weekend of "stimulating dialogue and discussion, gathering together intriguing international minds – historians, novelists, journalists, film-makers, poets, theatre directors, war correspondents, biographers, artists and political commentators. The Festival of Writing and Ideas has become known for its casual, friendly atmosphere, and for its extraordinary line up of speakers – and the beautiful setting of Borris House (and the spectacular village) in the Barrow Valley." As yet, the exact programme with dates and timings of each speaker, has not been announced, but is due shortly.

Borris House is said to be one of the most spectacular houses in Ireland. It 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.

Tickets for the event are now on sale, through VisualCarlow.ie. At present, only three-day passes to this festival have been made available. Subject to availability, tickets will be made available to individual days, and indeed individual talks.