The ex-Beatle's collection will contain pieces written over a 30-year period...

PAUL McCARTNEY is to have a selection of his poetry published in a collection called ‘BLACKBIRD SINGING’.

According to the Sunday Times, the book will contain almost 100 poems written over the last 30 years, and will also include lyrics to some of his songs.

Playwright and poet Adrian Mitchell, who has been involved in the project, said his late wife Linda, who died of cancer in 1998, inspired many of the poems.

He said: “It was Linda who wanted Paul to get them published. Paul is not afraid to take on the art of poetry, which is the art of dancing naked.”

Speaking about the project, Beatles’ biographer Hunter Davies said: “He always had literary leanings. But he probably felt a bit inhibited because he and John (Lennon) were always in friendly rivalry and John had his books published then. I find his new poems rather moving and touching.”