Andrew Melrose is Professor of Children’s Writing at the University of Winchester, UK. He has over 150 films, fiction, nonfiction, research, songs, poems and other writing credits, including 33 scholarly or creative books. He is currently working on The Boat, an extended poem, book and exhibition about people migrating to safer countries on boats. 

A lyrical future of nostalgia

And an ‘echo to the sense’

This piece is a personal musing on the song lyric as a poetic departure from poetry and how a personal journey to Ireland over forty years ago came back as a lyrical future of nostalgia (to paraphrase Milan Kundera). It addresses how the song lyric can look at history, biography and wishful thinking in a linear narrative.