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PJ Harvey is going to be releasing her first book of poetry next year. Arriving after the release of her 2011 album Let England Shake, it will be available from 8th October 2015 (20th October, USA) and will be published by Bloomsbury Circus.

The 224-page collection of poetry and images entitled The Hollow Of The Hand is a collaboration with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy, who already worked extensively with Harvey on videos for Let England Shake. The work is based mainly on the pair's travels to places like Kosovo and Afghanistan, to name just a couple, between 2011 and 2014.

PJ Harvey had this to say:

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.

Whilst Seamus Murphy said:

Polly [the P of PJ] 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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