Munras, Pearl & Tyler is a half-fictionalised commentary on the affair between the poets George Barker and Elizabeth Smart. Both writers published separate accounts of their relationship: on one side an out-of-print novel The Dead Seagull and on the other a highly acclaimed novella, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept. This poem does not set out to reconcile these opposing voices but steps back from the tempestuous encounter and offers a chorus to it.
The narrative poem is currently being set to music by composer Donna McKevitt as well as being developed as a play and film script. BBC World Service presenter Zina Rohan reads an extract.
This poem is also in development as: