- Saturday, 30th June 2018
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Hollie McNish writes with ‘honesty, conviction, humour and love’ (Kate Tempest). She will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her new collection, Plum, as well as performing some favourites from previous books, such as her brilliant memoir of poetry and parenthood, Nobody Told Me.
Cecilia Knapp is a writer, performer, theatre maker and poet. She has headlined at some of the UK’s top poetry nights and performed on stages at festivals including Bestival, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness. Cecilia delivered a Ted X talk at Warwick university on the theme of creativity and healing. She is the current poet in residence at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her one woman theatre show ‘
Finding Home is an exploration of loss, mental health and womanhood. Cecilia has been described as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘totally gripping.’ Her writing has been described as ‘light as a birds feather’ (Lyn Gardner).
9pm – 10.30pm
The Market Theatre (Bar Available)
Further information about Cecilia Knapp:
Cecilia Knapp is a writer, playwright and performer. Her commissions include the TATE, the V&A and the BBC and she has appeared in Vogue and Dazed magazines. Her first piece for theatre ‘Finding Home’ toured the UK for two years and is available in print, published by Burning Eye. Her latest play ‘Losing the Night’ will premier at the Roundhouse in June. She is working on her debut collection and is writing her first novel.
Further information about Hollie McNish:
With Benjamin Zephaniah stating ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describing her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’ and fans ranging from Robin Ince, Pink, Tim Minchen, to most of the UK’s midwives, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She is an Arts Foundation Fellow in Spoken Word, has garnered over seven million YouTube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.
Here, she will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her new collection, PLUM, as well as performing some favourites from previous books.
Plum is a new collection of poems which charts Hollie’s journey from childhood to attempted adulthood. Expect strong language as she talks about fruit and flesh, school discos, guilt, sex, politics, death, transformers and a lot of friendship.
More about Hollie McNish
Hollie McNish is a published UK poet based between London, Cambridge and Glasgow. She has two previous poetry collections – Cherry Pie and Papers and an album, Versus, which made her the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios, London.
In February 2016, Blackfriars published her memoir of poetry and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, with which she won the Ted Hughes award. Her latest poetry collection, Plum, is published by Picador.
More about the book
Plum, Hollie’s debut for Picador Poetry, is a wise, sometimes rude and piercingly candid account of her memories from childhood to attempted adulthood. This is a book about growing up, about guilt, flesh, fruit, friendships, work and play – and the urgent need to find a voice for the poems that will somehow do the whole glorious riot of it justice.
Throughout Plum, McNish allows her recent poems to be interrupted by earlier writing from her younger selves – voices that speak out from the past with disarming and often very funny results. Plum is a celebration, a salute to a life in which we are always growing, tripping, changing and discovering new selves to add to our own messy stores. It will leave the reader in no doubt as to why McNish is considered one of the most important poets of the new generation.
Praise for Hollie McNish
‘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
‘Searingly Honest. Will make you laugh and cry with her’ Red Magazine
“Plum is the product not of a poet but of a personality. I was supposed to be reviewing it, but to do so for a poetry journal would imply that it deserves to be taken seriously as poetry.“ PN Review
Venue: Market Theatre
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The Market Theatre is situated on Market Street off Bye Street 5 minutes walk from the town centre. Disabled access. Parking in Bridge Street car park (long stay).