PJ Harvey to Publish Her First Poetry Book

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 12.01.14 in News

PJ Harvey hasn’t released an album since 2011′s epochal Let England Shake, and her next venture leaves behind music altogether. In October 2015, Bloomsbury Publishing UK will issue Harvey’s debut book of poetry, a collaboration with photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy, she has announced.

Titled The Hollow of the Hand, the book draws from trips Harvey and Murphy took over the past three years to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. “Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about,” Harvey said in a statement. “I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with.”

Murphy “has 25 years’ experience of traveling the world and documenting it,” Harvey continued. “We agreed to grow a project together; I would collect words, he would collect pictures, following our instincts on where we should go.”

According to a listing on Amazon‘s U.K. site, the 224-page book will be available in both hardcover and paperback versions, with a limited amount of signed special editions.

When not traveling with Murphy, Harvey has been issuing statements of support for Edward Snowden, receiving an honorary degree and guest-editing for BBC Radio 4. She has released two recordings since Let England Shake, a recent cover of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” and the 2013 protest song “Shaker Aamer.”

Murphy previously created videos for all 12 tracks on Let England Shake. Watch his clip “On Battleship Hill” below.