After Dark with Hollie McNish

Part of Pocket-sized: stories, words and ideas in miniature

Arts & Culture

After Dark | 9pm | £12

Book a £25 day pass here

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 Emma Watson, Robin Ince, Pink and Tim Minchin, 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 ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. Her collection, Nobody Told Me, for which she won the Ted Hughes award and for which The Scotsman claimed ‘The world needs this book’, has been translated into French, Spanish and German. Here, she will be joining us to perform poems, read from and chat honestly and openly from her latest poetry collections.

Hollie will be  joined by very special guest, poet & artist Sophie Herxheimer. Her first collection Velkom to Inklandt, (Short Books, 2017) was an Observer book of the month and a Sunday Times book of the year. Her work has been shown at Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery and she currently has a wall of drawings up in the Museum of Liverpool as part of a residency undertaken last year. Her new book 60 Lovers to Make and Do (Henningham Family Press) comes out later this month.

Expect strong language as she talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death, breasts, transformers and more. Books will be available to purchase at the event. There will be a book signing afterwards

Pocket-Sized is a day-long festival celebrating the short form in print, digital and audio formats with some of the most influential thinkers, writers and poets around. The building will be buzzing with talks, discussions, panels, film, a roaming audio lounge and a pop-up bookstore. Buy your ticket for an individual event or a day pass for entry to the whole festival.


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