PJ Harvey to release her first poetry book ‘The Hollow Of The Hand’

Musician collaborates with photographer Seamus Murphy

PJ Harvey is to release her first book, titled The Hollow Of The Hand, in autumn 2015.

The poetry book will be released in collaboration with photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy with Bloomsbury securing the worldwide rights to the release.

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 journeys began following Harvey’s eighth studio album, ‘Let England Shake’.

“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,” said Harvey in a statement. “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.”

Seamus 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.”

Earlier this year PJ Harvey shared her cover of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds‘ ‘Red Right Hand’, recorded for the second series of BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

The cover rendition is her first new track since releasing protest single ‘Shaker Aamer’ in August 2013, which followed ‘Let England Shake’.

In September of this year Harvey received an honorary degree from Goldsmiths University.