Day tickets on sale for David Gilmour & Polly Samson at literary festival
Written by Matt   
Friday, 24 April 2015

2015 Borris House Festival of Writing and IdeasBack on March 8th we told you about David Gilmour joining his wife Polly Samson for the upcoming 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, was published last month to much critical acclaim.

David is set to join Polly in a discussion, which now has the fitting title "Louder Than Words", about their songwriting partnership, on June 6th at midday. 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 recently announced concerts.

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 held at Borris House. This 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.

Until now, only weekend tickets have been on sale, but now you can buy tickets for individual days, through, which directly links to the day that David and Polly will be appearing. Our thanks to Tom B for letting us know that these are now available.

UPDATE, May 6th: Individual tickets are now available for the David and Polly session alone - cheaper than the full day tickets. You can order yours through this direct link. Our thanks to Shane O'Neill for letting us know.