Thursday 12th March 2015
Polly's The Kindness Published Today

Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell, and The Endless River) has seen her novel The Kindness published in hardback in the UK today. It will be available on 5th May in Australia, and in the USA on 21st July.

Early reviews have described it as a 'beautifully-written and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and a 'gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal'. You can order The Kindness in the UK here, and pre-order in Australia here and in the USA here. See the panel on the right for information on Polly's literary events, or click here for some recent features, including BBC Radio 4's Front Row and spreads in You magazine, the UK Sunday Times, and The Guardian.




Friday 6th March 2015
UPDATE – New UK Shows Added: Oct 02, 03

The three UK concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall have been an instant sell-out, so two ADDITIONAL UK SHOWS have been added – on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October. Tickets available from 10.00am today, 6th March. One unfortunate side effect of the shows' popularity is that tickets are starting to appear on unofficial sites.

Please note that anyone purchasing a ticket from any unauthorised site or seller will not be granted admission. The restrictions on ticket sales, including named purchasers and photo ID required for entry, are designed to restrict ticket sales to genuine fans and not those seeking to profit from resale. Official outlets are: the Royal Albert Hall box office, seetickets.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, eventim.co.uk, and stargreen.com.




Wednesday 4th March 2015
2015 UK and European Live Dates and New Solo Album

David Gilmour Tour 2015David announced today that tickets will go on sale at 10.00am GMT on Friday 6th March for his first live dates in nine years. The UK and European shows, planned for September 2015, will coincide with the release of his, as yet untitled, fourth solo studio album, which follows the platinum and UK Number 1 album On An Island.

The shows kick off at the historic Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia, on 12th September, and continue through some of the world's most beautiful cities and venues. Other places visited include Verona and Florence in Italy, Orange in France, and Oberhausen in Germany, before David undertakes three consecutive nights at London's sumptuous Royal Albert Hall on 23, 24 and 25 September. For full details, click here to go to the Live Dates area.

David's new solo album follows the worldwide success of Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River, which hit the Number 1 chart position in 21 countries around the world, and was one of the UK's Top 10 best-selling albums of 2014. Pink Floyd have also just been named by IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) as the seventh top-selling artist globally in 2014.




Sunday 14th December 2014
David Plays Earls Court

Pink Floyd first played at Earls Court in May 1973 during the first year that rock bands started appearing there. David Gilmour was invited to appear at the last performance at the venue on Saturday 13th December by stepping out for two songs with Bombay Bicycle Club. Having given band member Jamie MacColl his first guitar as a young boy, he joined them to a rousing reception on lap steel guitar for Rinse Me Down and then took to acoustic guitar and vocals for Wish You Were Here. Bulldozers will now enter the site to raze this famous building to the ground.

The photograph, above, shows David with Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Steadman at last night's Earls Court concert.



Wednesday 19th November 2014
Charting The Endless River

The Endless River is Number One in the album charts in: UK, Germany, France, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, and Slovenia.

STOP PRESS: the album has debuted at No. 1 in a further three countries: Poland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, while in Italy, Pink Floyd jump from No. 2 to knock local artist Vasco Rossi off the top slot. This takes the total of chart toppers to 20 countries*.

Other charts include: USA – 3; Australia – 3; Finland – 4; and Spain – 6.

*The Endless River is also the best-selling album in Romania, although there are no official charts there.



Sunday 16th November 2014
'The Endless River' Tops The Charts

Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River reached a milestone today, entering the Official UK Album Chart at Number One ... with a similar story in a number of other countries.



Tuesday 4th November 2014
Later... with Words

David guests tonight on the BBC TV progamme show Later... with Jools Holland, in an interview with Jools about the imminent release of The Endless River. We can expect there to be an exclusive extract from the promo video for Louder Than Words too, so it should be a memorable show.

The final live edition of the 45th series of the show is broadcast in the UK on BBC Two from 10.00 to 10.30pm, can be seen live via the Internet in the UK and again via the BBC UK-only iPlayer site. A longer version of the programme will be transmitted in the evening of Friday 7th November at 11.50pm UK time.



Friday 10th October 2014
'Louder Than Words' Gets First Radio Play

'Louder Than Words', the new song by Pink Floyd, had its first radio play yesterday on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans show.

'Louder Than Words' is performed by Pink Floyd with lyrics by author Polly Samson.

David Gilmour said: "The music for Louder Than Words is from those final sessions, the three of us playing together on the houseboat Astoria with Rick's idiosyncratic keyboards reminding me now that you don't know what you've got until it's gone. At the start of the album I asked Polly [Samson] to write the lyrics. She felt that what I played her didn't need words, that hearing us play was more interesting. In the end she wrote just this one, which expresses, beautifully I think, the way the three of us, me, Nick and Rick have something when we play together, that has a magic that is louder than words".



Thursday 9th October 2014
David and Nick Talk About 'The Endless River'



In addition to the release of the interview, above, David and Nick chatted to BBC Radio 6 Music's Matt Everitt about the release of The Endless River.

This is available on the BBC iPlayer here.
Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell and The Endless River) has seen her novel The Kindness published in hardback in the UK. It will be available on 5th May in Australia, and in the USA on 21st July.

Early reviews have already described it as a 'beautifully-written and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and a 'gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal'. You can order The Kindness in the UK here, and pre-order in Australia here and in the USA here.

To order a copy of The Kindness, signed and personally dedicated by the author (and available worldwide), click here.

POLLY'S LITERARY EVENTS

MARCH

Weds 11th: BBC Radio 4; Front Row.

Thurs 19th: Harper's Bazaar event.

Sat 21st: Mountains to Sea Literary Festival.

Fri 27th: Hampstead Literary Festival.

Fri 27th: The Radio 2 Arts Show; iPlayer.

Sat 28th: Waterstones. Short story event.


MAY

Thurs 14th: London; Bloomsbury Publishing,
50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP. 6.30-7.30pm. Bloomsbury Book Club.
Tickets: bloomsburyinstitute@bloomsbury.com

Fri 15th: Brighton; Charleston Literary Festival.
3.30-4.30.pm. Tickets

Mon 18th: London; John Maynard Keynes Library. 6.00-7.20pm. Birkbeck College event.

Sat 30th: Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. 11.30am.

You can read reviews of The Kindness, and interviews with Polly, here.