Sunday 5th April 2020
A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS – A STREAM OF WORDS AND MUSIC WITH POLLY SAMSON AND DAVID GILMOUR

On the evening of Thursday 2nd April, Polly Samson and family celebrated the publication date of her new novel A Theatre for Dreamers with a live stream of words and music, which is now available on demand on her official Facebook page here.

The live stream was a truncated version of the special events rescheduled for September, and featured Polly Samson in conversation, readings, and very special performances by David Gilmour of the Leonard Cohen classics Bird on the Wire and So Long, Marianne.

The audience was transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It's a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.



Thursday 2nd April 2020

A Theatre for Dreamers is out today. Due to the NHS clapping in the UK at 8.00pm tonight, the live streaming has been moved to 8.30pm BST / 3.30pm ET.



Wednesday 1st April 2020

#ATheatreForDreamers is out tomorrow (https://smarturl.it/atheatrefordreamers) and @DavidGilmour and I were meant to celebrate with a big launch event in London. With that postponed, we've decided to stream live from home instead. Do join us at https://www.facebook.com/pollysamson at 8.00pm BST on Thursday 2nd April.

Friday 13th March 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 postponed.

The dates have been rescheduled for September and all tickets are valid for the new shows.

Manchester RCNM
Wednesday 9th September



Birmingham Town Hall
Thursday 10th September



Central Hall Westminster
Friday 11th September




Ticket holders will be sent their signed books and photos week commencing Monday 30th March.

A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS BY POLLY SAMSON IS PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 2ND APRIL BY BLOOMSBURY.

For details of refunds, please click here.

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"
Marina Hyde

"She is so good at mentally indelible imagery"
Jojo Moyes

"It is a grand read and the prose falls translucently like the air ... Superb work and a delightful novel"
Thomas Keneally

"Dreamily nostalgic"
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"
Marian Keyes

"Hands down the best book I've read all year. Luminous, immersive, gorgeous, profound"
Joanne Harris

"If summer was suddenly like a novel, it would be like this one. Immaculate"
Andrew O'Hagan

"I was utterly entranced. It feels entirely true and effortless and compelling – in the way that all great novels do"
Justine Picardie

"This is a sheer delight – I've never been to Hydra but this book transports you and miraculously, you are there in 1960"
Jenny Eclair

"A luscious seduction of a book"
Sofka Zinovieff

"A beautifully written, evocative, inspiring novel. I devoured it"
Kathy Lette

"A glorious novel"
Kate Mosse

 

Photo: Harry Borden.

 

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