For My Grandfather: Poems to Turn the Tide

For My Grandfather: Poems to Turn the Tide


Valerie is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of For My Grandfather: Poems to Turn the Tide.

This new project is a unique combination of her autobiography – told in short, explanatory and often hilarious episodes – linked to the first-ever publication of her poetry.

Valerie has written poems all her life. Covering a span of eighty years, each poem marks a specific event, a turning point, a defining moment or a poignant memory.

Some poems celebrate the lives of the people she loves. Others mark a special performance by a brilliant actor, caught within the creative web of Sam Mendes CBE’s long and distinguished career as a theatre and film director.

Each of the linked episodes has a common denominator: they are the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

None of the poems has been published before. The story of Valerie’s life has also remained a closely guarded secret.

Until now.

For My Grandfather: Poems to Turn the Tide will be published in 2019.