The Hollow of the Hand
London Literature Festival
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
9 & 10 October 2015

With design and direction by Ian Rickson, The Hollow of the Hand is an evening of poetry readings and new songs performed by PJ Harvey, and films and images presented by Seamus Murphy.

Between 2011 and 2014 PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy set out on a series of journeys to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected pictures and together they created The Hollow of the Hand, their debut collaborative book, published by Bloomsbury this October.
Joining PJ Harvey on stage are musicians John Parish and James Johnston.

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PJ Harvey is recording her ninth studio album as an exhibition within the Inland Revenue’s former staff gymnasium and rifle range at Somerset House, London.

From Jan 16th visitors will see and hear PJ Harvey, her guest musicians, recording engineers, and producers Flood and John Parish in a glazed architecturally-designed studio. For forty-five minutes at a time, groups of people will experience the crafting of a record, which could be anything from laying down a bass drum track, to discussions, improvisation, through to full performances of new songs.

One-way glass and sound proofing ensure that the musicians can concentrate on their work, but the space and the people who move through it will help to create both the process and presentation of this project.

The exhibition is commissioned and produced by Artangel and Somerset House, and tickets are available here.