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Came the Lightening

Twenty Poems for George

Olivia Harrison

'Here on the shore, twenty years later, my message in a bottle has reached dry land. Words about our life, his death but mostly love and our journey to the end.' – Olivia Harrison

Olivia Harrison presents Came the Lightening, a book of twenty poems dedicated to George, marking the twentieth year since his passing.


  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Contents Page
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, 'Her or Me'
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, 'Carved in Stone'

The Poetry

Came the Lightening

As a contributor to the book Concert for George, the revised edition of I Me Mine, and George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Olivia is no stranger to writing beautiful words that have an ethereal connection to love.

Came the Lightening sees Olivia reflect upon her life with George, examining the intimacy of the emotional bond in their relationship through a memorable series of poems. She delves into the phenomenon of losing a partner and the passage of time.
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Drawing by Klaus Voormann and Portrait by Brian Roylance
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Friar Park Gardens
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Drawings by George and Olivia

The Photography

Came the Lightening

'Olivia evokes the most fleeting gestures and instants, plucked from the flow of time and memory and felt through her choice of words and the overall rhythm... She might have done an oral history or a memoir. Instead, she composed a work of poetic autobiography.' - Martin Scorsese

Featuring an introduction written by Martin Scorsese, Came the Lightening also includes a selection of photographs and mementos curated by Olivia, including pictures of herself and George, to accompany the twenty poems. 
 
Came The Lightening presents rare and previously unseen work by photographers such as the legendary Henry Grossman, award-winning wildlife and travel photographer Sue Flood, acclaimed portrait and reportage photographer Mary McCartney, and artist, photographer, and filmmaker Marcus Tomlinson. A drawing by artist and musician Klaus Voormann, and a portrait of George taken in Maui by Genesis's founder, Brian Roylance, also appear within the collection.
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Signed Limited Edition Book and Print
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Signed Limited Edition Book and Slipcase
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Signed Collector Book
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Signed Letterpress Poetry Print

The Collector Copies

Came the Lightening

Came the Lightening is limited to only 1,000 Collector copies, each numbered and signed by the author, Olivia Harrison.

The 104-page volume of poetry and photographs is fully bound in a natural woven yellow cloth with bronze foil blocking and page edging.
 

Letterpress Print

 
Collector copies additionally include a loose-leaf print of one of Olivia Harrison's twenty poems. The poem, 'Carved in Stone', is presented here as a traditional letterpress print (5½" x 8" size) on heavyweight archival paper. Numbered by hand, each print is individually signed by Olivia Harrison.
 
The signed book-and-print set is housed within a screen-printed slipcase, embellished with bronze foil blocking.

  • The Deluxe Copies image 1
  • Came The Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Deluxe Limited Edition Book and Solander Case
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Signed Book
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Signed Poetry Print
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Deluxe Prints
  • Came the Lightening by Olivia Harrison, Oak Bookmark
  • The Deluxe Copies image 7

The Deluxe Copies

Came the Lightening

Came the Lightening is published in a signed limited edition of 1,500 copies. The first 500 copies in the edition are presented as Deluxe boxed sets.

Each Deluxe copy is signed by the author, Olivia Harrison. The 104-page volume of poetry and photographs is fully bound in yellow cloth with bronze foil blocking and page edging, presented within a hand-crafted, folding solander case.

Fine Art Prints 

Additionally contained within the boxed set are four loose-leaf, fine art prints. Three evocative photographs taken within the gardens of Friar Park are reproduced as numbered Giclée prints (size: 5½" x 8"). The images are exclusive to the Deluxe edition. Fourthly, one of Olivia Harrison's twenty poems, 'Carved in Stone', is presented as a traditional letterpress print (also 5½" x 8" size). The print is numbered by hand, and individually signed by Olivia Harrison.

Milagro Charm & Oak Bookmark


Completing the boxed set are two unique, hand-crafted items. A different sacred heart milagro charm is included within each copy, tucked into an embossed fabric pouch. Lastly, an engraved Came the Lightening bookmark has been made from the wood of a felled oak tree from the grounds of Friar Park, especially for these Deluxe copies.

Came the Lightening

Twenty Poems for George

Select from the following editions:

Came the Lightening

Came the Lightening

  • ISBN:
    9781905662814
  • Collector:
    1000 copies
  • Signed by:
    Olivia Harrison
  • Contributors:
    Martin Scorsese
  • Binding:
    Cloth with bronze foil blocking and page edging
  • Box:
    Screen-printed and foil-blocked slipcase
  • Extras:
    A signed and numbered letterpress print (5½" x 8")
Shipping worldwide from September 2022. Secure your copy at the pre-publication price.
Collector
Publication price £125
Pre-order price £110

Olivia Harrison presents Came the Lightening, a book of twenty poems dedicated to George, marking the twentieth year since his passing.

  • Published Jun 2022
  • Page size: 145mm x 220mm
  • 104 pages
  • 30 images
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