Olivia Harrison pens book of poems in honour of Beatles legend | Interests

George Harrison’s widow Olivia wants Beatles fans to understand “the man and his humanity”.

The 74-year-old author wrote a book of poems called ‘Came the Lightening’ to mark 20 years since George’s death, and Olivia admits she is still dealing with her ‘grief’.

She shared: “It kind of bubbled up. Emotions, but especially the emotion of grief, hits whenever it feels like it and I just had a 20-year-old moment – how could that be possible .

“I just wrote something and I was like, ‘If I keep writing, I’ll get one every year’.”

The Beatles icon died of lung cancer in November 2001, aged 58, and Olivia hopes “Came the Lightening” will give fans a deeper look into her late husband’s personality.

She told ‘Woman’s Hour’ on BBC Radio 4: “George was a really good guy, he was a sweetheart and I wanted to send something out there in this 20th year because I know how much people still think to him and listen to his music.

“It’s kind of scary. People know a lot about George through his music, but I wanted them to know what he was like as a person. Little things – I wrote about his body, about very intimate moments. I just wanted people to know a little more about the man and his humanity.”

Earlier this month, Olivia claimed she had given the Beatles legend a “normal life”.

The author – who married the late musician in 1978 – also admitted there were “hiccups in the road” in their marriage.

She said: “He wanted this normal life. And I think that’s what I gave him.

“So, you know, during our marriage, there was a lot of flirting, there were bumps in the road. But we were solid.”


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