This year's Mountains to Sea book festival features fiction writer Polly Samson who co-wrote, with her husband David Gilmour, the lyrics to seven tracks on Pink Floyd's The Division Bell. The album went to number one on both sides of the Atlantic. Her lyrics will feature on Gilmour's next solo album.
Samson's latest novel The Kindness is published by Bloomsbury Circus. Julian's fall begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia who is married and eight years his senior. He is a gifted English student with a life of academia ahead. Ignoring warnings from family and friends they each give up all they have to be together.
Gilmour and Samson will be at this year's Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas (June 5-7) taking part in their first discussion about their songwriting partnership.
Among other events in the packed Dun Laoghaire programme is a panel discussion with three of Ireland’s finest young writers, Rob Doyle, Colin Barrett and Sara Baume. Another special guest is the Glasgow-born novelist Andrew O’Hagan. O'Hagan's recently-published novel, The Illuminations, deals with the return of a captain with the Royal Western Fusiliers from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Leading English novelist and critic, David Lodge, talks about his new memoir, Quite a Good Time to Be Born. Poet Paul Durcan will also read from his work at Mountains to Sea.
The Poetry Now programme - now in its 20th year - features international poets Maureen McLane and David Ferry (USA) and Irish poets Peter Fallon, Peter Sirr and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
The Irish Times Poetry Now Prize will be awarded during the festival, the winner drawn from the shortlist, which is as follows: Theo Dorgan, Martina Evans, Vona Groarke , Kerry Hardie and Peter Sirr. Events take place in the dlr LexIcon, Dun Loaghaire. www.mountainstosea.ie