Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish

Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed.

Verse Festival 2021

With fans ranging from Emma Watson, Pink and Benjamin Zephaniah, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed.

She has garnered millions of YouTube views for her online poetry readings and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.


Here, she will join us to read from and chat about her latest poetry collections. Expect strong language. Books will be available to purchase at the event. There will be a book signing afterwards.

About the author:

Hollie McNish is a poet based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She has published three poetry collections Papers, Cherry Pie and Plum, and one poetic memoir on politics and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book” and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award. In 2017 Nobody Told Me was translated into German, French and Spanish and released in the USA.

In 2016 she co-wrote a play Offside with Sabrina Mahfouz, relating the two hundred year history of UK women’s football. Hollie tours continuously all over the UK and Europe and beyond and is a big fan of online readings – her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide.


Great Reviews

‘She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love. She points out the absurdities we've grown too used to and lets us see the world with fresh eyes’ Kate Tempest

'Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings' Observer

Wonderful’ Davina McCall

Will make you laugh and cry with her’ Red Magazine


Shite Reviews

'I was supposed to be reviewing it [Plum], but to do so for a poetry journal would imply that it deserves to be taken seriously as poetry.’ PN Review

‘If only Schopenhauer could have read Plum! It would have distracted him from his hatred of Hegel. It is such stuff as madmen tongue, and brain not; the product of a ‘(mind). PN Review

Book Tickets

Tickets £15 (£13)

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