Publisher Faber and Faber has announced that it is to publish Lit Up Inside, a collection of Van Morrison's selected lyrics, in October.

The book, available in hardback and special edition on the Faber Social imprint, has been edited by Morrison with Eamonn Hughes, who will also write the introduction. Ian Rankin will write the foreword.

Morrison said: "The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as such are representative of my creative journey."

Lee Brackstone, Creative Director of Faber Social, said: "Van Morrison is a colossally important, inspiring and influential figure in the music world and his place as one of a handful of truly iconic twentieth century artists is secure."

Brackstone continued: "Publication of Lit Up Inside reminds us of his place in a broader seam of Irish creativity; the collective consciousness of his literary forbears, the likes of WB Yeats, William Blake, Patrick Kavanagh, Joseph Campbell, the poetry of the Blues and Robbie Burns.

"The words on the page are a joy in themselves and it is a great honour that his lyrics will be immortalised in a Faber volume."

 Lit Up Inside