Cocker takes literary role

Jarvis Cocker has a new literary role after becoming editor-at-large for a leading publisher.

The Pulp singer and solo star has been given an “open brief” when he takes up the two-year position at Faber And Faber in January.

His new gig follows a similar role for The Who guitarist Pete Townshend at Faber in the early 1980s.

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The firm expects him to stamp his “eccentric” tastes on the books he develops.

Cocker from Sheffield – also a presenter for BBC 6 Music – is about to publish his first book Mother, Brother, Lover with the company next week, bringing together many of his song lyrics.

He said: “I am proud, and more than a little excited, to be asked to work with Faber in an editorial capacity.

“It is my dearest hope that we will produce some fantastic books together.”