Tony Winn – The Mermaid


Tony Winn’s great song The Mermaid is featured in our anthology, which you can buy online. He’ll also be performing it at our launch party this Saturday:




I don’t want to sit on this rock for ever
I can’t get to sleep on the sea bed
My complexion has been ruined by salt water
And who wants seaweed – all over her head

she prays for the day when a bold sea captain
will be lured by her mystical charms
and his ship will be wrecked on the rocks below
and the tide will bear him to her arms
but these days sailors are better educated
and they don’t believe in mythical sights
and they know that the sound of the mermaid’s song
is just the wind in the night

there was a time long ago when it was easy pickings
and you just had to hum a little tune
and a thousand sails would appear on the horizon
reflecting the beams of the moon
but these days ships are different
and they’re powered by the diesel engine
and you can’t hear the sound of the mermaids song
above the din of the piston thumping

one day she was sitting on her usual rock
with her tail stretched out in the sun
when a sailing yacht hove into view
she lifted up her head and sung
and the ship hit the rocks & the wind tore her sail
and the sailor was clinging to the wheel
and she knew that if once her eyes met his
his heart she would surely steal
but then a noise she heard
like a chopping sound in the air
and a rope came down and the sailor went up
air sea rescue – it just isn’t fair.


Essex man Tony Winn writes and performs his own songs and poems in a variety of styles covering all aspects of life, love , the universe and whatever else there is or may be!! An actor and member of a number of groups he also performs his one-man-show “Singing in the Bath” – Visit his world at


Sara Eliot – Velvet Skies

Sara Eliot’s song Velvet Skies, feat. Mark Hutin on piano and Ian Peaple on trombone, appears alongside an amazing linocut by Ieuan Edwards in Lines UnderwaterHave a listen:



Sara Eliot is a London based poet & singer/songwriter. Her unique sound – soulful vocals with a raspy edge – harmony and a touch of Jazz – delivers smooth lyrical poetry.

If you are interested in the other audio-visual responses to the project, make sure you check out our youtube channel!



Luciana Francis – ‘Canto Para Sereias’ and ‘Memoria’

Luciana Francis’ beautiful song Canto Para Sereias appears in Lines Underwater. The song is based on a poem she wrote in her native Portugese, and translated especially for us. Have a listen:


Under the waves they roam
Sea, galloping, horses
Rafts slide by unnoticed
Where mermaids pay their visits

And I know that they call
Out for you, and I know that they
Sing to enchant you

Their hair bares curls like waves
Starfish are ever so daring
Alluring sailors to the deep
Promising their invisible kingdom

And I know that they call
Out for you, and I know that they
Sing to enchant you.

Luciana also writes novels and short stories. Below, you can download one of her short stories, Memoria, which, like Phoebe Power’s poem Stella’s Body in our anthology, links a siren-theme with Marian devotion.

Memoria by Luciana Francis

Luciana Francis was born Luciana Saldanha in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She moved to London in 1998, where she still resides. She graduated in Anthropology & Media at Goldsmiths College and is currently writing a novella in her native Portuguese.

Debby Akam – ‘Girlfish’

Debby Akam’s film ‘Girlfish’ is adorning our youtube channel, along with some other excellent works. Debby writes,

‘Girlfish’ induces the ritualistic, meditative mechanisms of travelling between realms, and returning refreshed after connecting with Nature. More at

‘Girlfish’ is part of Lines Underwater, an anthology of new artwork, film, audio, prose, and poetry that re-envisions mermaids in the twenty first century. Curious? Get yourself a copy to see!

Andrew Souter – Mermaid Tattoo

Here is Andrew Souter’s beautiful song Mermaid Tattoo, which features in our anthology along with a photograph of the notebook he used to write the song in…

The lyrics Andrew wrote can be read on our youtube channel; which also features a number of the other audio-visual submissions to the project!

Myrrhmaid trill – Sarah McKee

Sarah McKee has created a very mesmerising audio-visual take on the mermaid, which she submitted to the Poems Underwater project:

Sarah’s is the first in our new Poems Underwater YouTube channel, which also features fantastic works like Debby Akam Power’s film Girlfish and Tony Winn and Andrew Souter’s songs.

The full text of myrrhmaid trill is also available online.

As well as letting us show you Myrrhmaid, Sarah McKee has contributed two new works to the anthology, which up until September can be bought on this site for the special pre-order price of £9.