PJ Harvey is set to be offered the opportunity to become a war corresspondent for the Imperial War Museum.
The singer, who will also be honoured with the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at this month’s Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony, could be given the chance to travel to conflict zones where the British army are fighting.
“We are certainly interested in working with PJ Harvey,” Roger Tolson, the head of collections at the Imperial War Museum told Guardian.co.uk. “It is something we can take forward as we have never commissioned anybody in that capacity. We have never sent a musician out to a conflict zone.”
The opportunity came about after Harvey revealed during a video interview with NME, which you can watch on the right, that she had researched a range of wars for two and a half years before writing the lyrics for her new album ‘Let England Shake’, which is released tomorrow (February 14).
“I started wondering where the officially appointed war songwriter was,” she explained “You have got your war artists, like Steve McQueen, and your war photographers. I fantasised that I had been appointed this official songwriter and so I almost took on that challenge for myself.”
Tolson will now put forward the singer’s name to the museum’s committee for further discussion.