She's won acclaim and the adoration of audiences worldwide for her musical endeavours - now Imelda May is set to publish her first volume of poetry.
Due for publication by Faber Music on 28 October, A Lick and a Promise contains 100 poems, using the themes of Breast, Below, Blood, Eyes, Tongue and Temple - the poems within 'encapsulate heartbreak, sex, nature and womanhood'.
"Poetry is good for my soul and fills my heart and mind with colour and scent," says Imelda. "It's intoxicating. I dive into my beloved books and my days are infinitely better for that...One poem can stay a lifetime, one line can change a view. I hope my writing gives to others what inspiration gives to me".
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"It's been an absolute joy to work with Imelda on her debut poetry collection," said Lucy Holliday, the head of Pop Publishing at Faber Music. "Her writing is so absorbing, rhythmic and evocative; I feel a door has been opened just a little, to allow a glimpse into Imelda’s sensual world."
Last year, May's spoken word piece You Don't Get To Be Racist And Irish caused an online sensation - to date, it's been watched over one million times on the RTÉ Culture Facebook page.
"A Lick and a Promise is how my mother described a hurried wash," she says, "And it's often how I read poetry when time is scarce. I tease in and out of my delicious books promising them I’ll be back for more."