The result of the remarkable collaboration between Gillian and Peter Byrom-Smith. The collection is not a onetime event but has developed organically over a number of years, sometimes providing serendipitous service for Peter’s songs and others have been written to meet the needs of commissioned work.
Gillian’s style is fittingly pastoral and dovetails seamlessly with the oeuvre of British song writing developed over the last century. At the same time these poems are not relentlessly bucolic but grounded in the world in which we all live. Yes, there is nature, and love and yearning but there is also loss and regret, and anger, much muted, but discernible.
This book is also a fitting companion to Peter’s beautiful and haunting songs. The collection as a whole is remarkably complementary and the experience of reading the poems while listening to the songs is a form of contentment