Friday 3rd July 2020

Yes, I Have Ghosts is the first new song from David Gilmour in five years and features the voice and harp playing of his daughter Romany. The inspiration for the track was Polly Samson's new novel A Theatre for Dreamers.

Of Yes, I Have Ghosts, David says "I was working on this song just as we went in to lockdown and had to cancel a session with backing singers but, as it turned out, the solution was right here and I couldn't be happier with the way Romany's voice blends with mine and her beautiful harp playing has been another revelation".

The song has previously only been available as part the ground-breaking audiobook for the novel. Polly Samson, who wrote the lyrics, says "Collaborating with David – as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums – we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don't think has been done before".

The Sunday Times bestseller A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson is out now and published by Bloomsbury.

A Theatre for Dreamers audiobook is available here.

Yes, I Have Ghosts by David Gilmour, featuring Romany Gilmour, is released today on SONY MUSIC. Click here to stream/download.

Thursday 2nd July 2020

We've decided to celebrate tomorrow's worldwide release of David's new song Yes, I Have Ghosts with another Von Trapped Family broadcast. Please join us from 7.30pm BST (2.30pm ET) at

Thursday 25th June 2020

Photo: Romany Gilmour.

Polly and David have collaborated for the release of the audiobook of A Theatre for Dreamers, which is published today by W.F. Howes and is available here. The ground-breaking audiobook features David's original music throughout.

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

It is with great regret that the dates for A Theatre for Dreamers – An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour have been rescheduled to June 2021.

All tickets will be valid for the new shows, which have been previewed via The Von Trapped Family broadcasts on Polly's Facebook page. Any NEW purchases will receive a signed copy of the hardback version of the book by Polly Samson and a signed photo by Polly and David Gilmour on the night of the event. Please see Terms and Conditions.

A Theatre for Dreamers – An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour:

Friday 25th June 2021 – Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music

Saturday 26th June 2021 – Birmingham, Town Hall

Monday 28th June 2021 – London, Central Hall Westminster

For details on refunds, please click here.

Sunday 31st May 2020

A one-of-a-kind performance and Q&A took place at Hay Festival Digital last night with Polly Samson and David Gilmour. Thanks to everyone who tuned in; you can catch up here (requires a subscription).

Thursday 14th May 2020

Mary Beard's Lockdown Culture series continues tonight on BBC Two at 7.00pm and features the Von Trapped family.

Monday 11th May 2020

Here's the high quality version of last Thursday's live stream, in which David discussed his childhood friendship with Syd Barrett and played two of Syd's songs. Thanks to David for putting the hi-res film together.

Thursday 7th May 2020

Rehearsals underway for tonight's Von Trapped Family livestream (7.00pm BST / 2.00pm ET) at Send questions!

Thursday 7th May 2020

Polly Samson and family regaled us with exclusive readings and a Q and A at our very first live online Salon, relocated from the Savoy, attracting 50,000 viewers from around the world!

Monday 4th May 2020

Polly spoke to K9 Magazine about the dogs who've captured her heart over the years and how they broke all the rules with their newest rescue dog, Barbounia.

An intoxicating novel set on Leonard Cohen's Hydra in 1960, a place and a bohemian society that has captivated the world for decades.

"Polly Samson has created such a dazzling evocation of an era and its mindset. Here, the island of Hydra is a geographical place but a psychological one too, populated by beautiful and damaged characters who pull you down into its pages for another café gossip, another moonlit swim, another drink. This book is a bohemian idyll meticulously drawn, and unsparingly exposed. It is like going away to paradise, then coming back rather wiser. You don't read this book – you live it"
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"She is so good at mentally indelible imagery"
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"It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air ... Superb work and a delightful novel"
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The Observer; Fiction to look out for in 2020

"About real people living in Hydra in 1960. Steeped in nostalgia that's both sad and beautiful. It's fascinating, immersive and so MOVING"
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"If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one. Immaculate"
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"I was utterly entranced. It feels entirely true and effortless and compelling – in the way that all great novels do"
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"This is a sheer delight – I've never been to Hydra but this book transports you and miraculously, you are there in 1960"
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"A luscious seduction of a book"
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"A beautifully written, evocative, inspiring novel. I devoured it"
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"A glorious novel"
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