This October sees the release of a unique, collaborative book ‘The Hollow of the Hand’ featuring a poignant collection of poetry from PJ Harvey alongside images from award-winning photographer and film-maker Seamus Murphy.

Critically acclaimed English singer and songwriter PJ Harvey set out on a series of journeys to war-torn destinations with Seamus Murphy including Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington DC between 2011 and 2014. The book is a captivating result of the pair’s travels forged with images from over two decades of Murphy’s photographic work.

PJ Harvey comments, ‘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.’

Seamus Murphy adds: ‘Polly is a writer who loves images and I am a photographer who loves words. I made some films for her last album Let England Shake, and an adventure began. Our collaboration continues in this book. It is a look at home and the world.’

The book is a captivating blend of artistic voices and will be published internationally in a large format hardback edition with highest quality photographic reproductions, as well as a reader’s paperback version. A limited number of boxed, signed special edition black and white digital fibre based prints produced by Metro will be also available alongside an iBook.

The Hollow of the Hand is published by Bloomsbury on 8th October 2015
For information about how to purchase
Reviews of the recent musical accompaniment to the book which took place at the Royal Festival Hall earlier this month can be read here:

The Guardian review
The Times review

Image ©  Seamus Murphy

Following the huge success in 2014 of the innovative fundraising event ‘A Letter in Mind – The Art of a Journey’ by The National Brain Appeal, the event returns again this year to raise vital funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UK’s leading centre of excellence for treating diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system.

Inviting artists of many genres to respond visually to a personal journey: whether emotional, psychological, real or imagined and using a humble white envelope as their starting point ‘A Letter in Mind’ has attracted over 250 entries this year.The resulting artworks which include paintings, sculptures, collages and sewn pieces, from a host of established and recognised artists sit alongside those of emerging names from the worlds of architecture, art and design, illustration, graphic design, film and the dramatic arts. Submissions have been received from Grayson Perry, Billy Childish, Catherine Goodman, Harry Pye, Natasha Kidd, Specials guitarist and professional artist Horace Panter, as well as architect Amin Taha, author/illustrators Polly Dunbar, Chris Haughton and Tim Hopgood, actors Joanna David, Phyllida Law and Kevin Eldon to name but a few.

All the finished works will be identically priced at £80 and sold anonymously at the exhibition in aid of The National Brain Appeal. The artist’s name and biography will be revealed at the end of the exhibition, with the aim to raise funds and awareness for neurological conditions through artistic questioning as patients at The National Hospital embark on their own personal journeys.

Metro is delighted to partner the event offering our flat-bed scanning services to reproduce all entries for the web gallery which can be viewed here.

gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH

Exhibition dates:  8th – 18th October 2015
Opening times: Daily 11:00am – 6:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free.

More information about the exhibition can be found here

The National Brain Appeal. Registered Charity No. 290173

Images © The Artist & Courtesy The National Brain Appeal