PJ Harvey to ‘perform new songs’ at London Literature Festival in October

The event will involve readings from the musician's new poetry book

PJ Harvey will showcase new material at the London Literature Festival held at the city’s Southbank Centre later this year.

The event series was recently announced, consisting of poetry and literature recitals, films, comedy, music and a four-day live reading of Moby Dick.

Among the guests set to appear include Tim Key, Ali Smith, Mark Watson and others.


PJ Harvey will host an event promoting her new poetry and photography book. The Hollow Of The Hand is a collaboration with photographer Seamus Murphy.

The book of poetry and images was created during Harvey and Murphy’s travels between 2011 and 2014 to destinations including Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, DC.

The event will include “poetry readings and new songs performed by PJ Harvey alongside images and a short film by Seamus Murphy”.

Harvey’s event will run on October 9 and 10. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday (July 22) at 10am.

Harvey previously said of her book: “Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with.”

“My friend Seamus Murphy and I agreed to grow a project together – I would collect words, he would collect pictures, following our instincts on where we should go.”


Murphy added: “Polly is a writer who loves images and I am a photographer who loves words. She asked me if I would like to take some photographs and make some films for her last album ‘Let England Shake’. I was intrigued and the adventure began, now finding another form in this book. It is our look at home and the world.”


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