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Hollie McNish

Friday 8 April 2022

St Mary's Church, Totnes

Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose live readings are not to be missed. Expect strong language and adult content ribbon wrapped in carefully and caringly sculpted poetry as Hollie reads from and chats about her much anticipated new collection: Slug...and other things i’ve been told to hate.

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Starts 7:30 P.M.
Unreserved seating £12.00

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Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose live readings are not to be missed. Expect strong language and adult content ribbon wrapped in carefully and caringly sculpted poetry as Hollie reads from and chats about her much anticipated new collection: Slug...and other things i’ve been told to hate.

“LIKE PAM AYRES ON ACID” – LEMN SISSAY

“MAD CRAIC” – RAY LAWLOR, TWITTER

“RUBBISH” – ELLIE WHEELER, THE TELEGRAPH

“I LIKE SOME POETRY BUT NOT REALLY YOURS” – HOLLIE’S DAUGHTER

ABOUT SLUG…AND OTHER THINGS I’VE BEEN TOLD TO HATE

From Finnish mermaids and soppy otters to Kellogg’s anti-masturbation pants, Slug is a book that holds a mirror up to the world, past and present, through Hollie’s driving, funny and beautiful words. A blend of poetry, memoir and short story, Slug is an absolutely joyful read about the human condition: from birth to death and her attempt to manage the tangle in-between.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hollie is a writer based between Glasgow and Cambridge. She has published four poetry collections PapersCherry Pie, Plum, Slug, one play Offside and one poetic memoir Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book” and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She was the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios.

Her poems have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish and Japanese and she has performed them worldwide alongside the likes of Irvine Welsh, Kae Tempest, Jackie Kay, Helen Pankhurst and Young Fathers. Her new title – Slug: and other things I’ve been told to hate – is published in May 2021 with Fleet, Hachette, available now to pre-order.

As well as live readings, Hollie is a big fan of online accessibility – her poetry videos have attracted millions of viewings worldwide. 

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