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Hollie McNish’s poetry moves with the rhythms, the excitements and disappointments of contemporary life. Deeply committed to the idea of language as a tool of self-expression and communication, her poems are accessible but crackling with a passion and wit all her own. Whether writing about parenthood, newspaper bias, body fascism, science or the trials and acquittals of love she steers clear of the hackneyed, the tired and clichéd to produce poems which strike afresh the imagination.
Written more often than not in the intensity of the moment, McNish views our world aslant to produce sometimes startling, sometimes uncomfortable truths.
Already with a devoted following of fans from her poetry readings and performances, Papers gathers together the best of McNish’s work to date.
Papers is funny, passionate and provoking.
About the author:
Hollie McNish is a UK poet whose work has been in high demand since her first timid reading at Covent Garden Poetry Café’s Poetry Unplugged night in 2009. She has released two poetry albums, Touch and Push Kick, with the latter prized for contributions to maternal research by the University of London.
Hollie has read at venues as diverse as Glastonbury festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Bar and London’s Southbank Centre, with her poetry featured on Radio 4’s Poetry Diaries, Woman’s Hour and BBC 2. In 2009, she won the UK Farrago Poetry title and finished third in the World Slam du Monde, Paris in the same year. By 2011 she had completed a poetry residency in Mons, Belgium, opened Southbank Centre’s 2011 Women of the World Festival and toured Sydney, Australia in association with the Australian Poetry Slam organisers, Word Travels.
As well as writing and reading her poetry, Hollie works as a poetry and spoken word workshop leader in schools, museums and youth venues through her organisation Page to Performance.
Greenwich Exchange Category: Poetry