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“I can’t take my ears off her”  Benjamin Zephaniah
“Moving…wonderful”  Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

For all enquiries: hollie@pagetoperformance.org
First collection, Papers, available on Amazon or from Greenwich Exchange Publishing
Videos: www.youtube.com/holliemcnish

Hollie is a published UK poet and spoken word artist, based between London and Cambridge. She has released two poetry albums, Touch and Push Kick, both to critical acclaim, and a first collection of written poetry, Papers, published by Greenwich Exchange, London.

She has appeared in venues as diverse as Glastonbury festival, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Bar, London’s Southbank Centre and Cambridge University and has had poems commissioned  by Radio 4 Womans Hour, WOW festival, Tate Modern and Channel 4 Random Acts. She performs across the UK as well as abroad, with previous tours and residencies in Belgium, Australia, France and Portugal, and for the British Council in Latvia and Poland. She was the UK Slam poetry champion 2009, through which she represented the UK in the Slam du Monde finals in Paris, coming 3rd behind the USA and Canada. She now runs Cambridgeshire’s youth poetry slam for young people ages 12 – 25.

As well as poetry performances, Hollie runs poetry workshops and recitals for schools, youth centres, charities and more around the country through her poetry education organisation, Page to Performance: www.pagetoperformance.org.

To enquire about Hollie’s education work, performances or commissions, please email: hollie@pagetoperformance.org

295 Responses to “About”

  1. Deirdre O'Meara November 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    just heard you on rte 1 – incredible! you are so right

  2. Cathal Roche November 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Wow. Just wow.

    That is all.

  3. Fergal November 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Hi Hollie, I just saw you on “The Works” on RTE 1 – wow you are an amazing poet thank you for restoring my confidence in 21st C poetry

  4. AJ Perry November 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    You’re an inspiration. Your morals are fantastic and you say it in a way people will actually listen. Thank you for standing up for the people out there who aren’t OK with page three or slagging off immigrants or being forced to breast feed in private. Keep it up Hollie!

  5. nialovesfilms November 26, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    On the tube home after your gig this evening, you were fantastic. I can’t wait to hear more.

  6. ann November 27, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    A friend put a link on their facebook page for mathematics and I’ve now been up most of the night watching your poems on YouTube.
    Thank you.
    Thank you for saying these things (and in such a beautiful way)
    Thank you for showing me that I’m not stupid or naive or insane or hysterical or any of the other accusations thrown at me for thinking and feeling what I do.
    Thank you for demonstrating that being a feminist doesn’t mean you hate all men or sex
    Thank you for your poetry.

  7. Jessica burn November 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Wonderful poetry, missed your live performance last night but would love, love, love to know when and where you’ll be performing next.
    You are a star in the making.

  8. Ka-chun Chu November 30, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Apart from your obvious great beauty, I salute your youthfulness and your idealism, but I feel that I must register my opposition to your opinion, by implication, that the present state and rate of immigration into this United Kingdom were still somehow beneficial to this said Country—it is not, and I say this as a foreigner sojourning in England.

    To take an example, perhaps closer to your heart, if you would pardon me for the pun:—breastfeeding. I don’t think that there would still be anyone breastfeeding in England, if half of the population of England were to have recently originated from parts of the Far East behind the Great Wall, or from the Indus river valley, or both, now, would you?

    You do see that different peoples have different cultures, and that they bring their own ethnic cultures with them whenever they go, and are bound to displace the national cultures of their new host Countries, if their sheer numerical numbers are absolute enough, do you not?

    I rest, your humble servant,

    K. C. Chu.

    Hull, E. R. Yorks. (né Hongkong).

  9. Maureen Yates November 30, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    19 years ago I was asked to move in McDonalds because my discreet breastfeeding could cause offence to families. I refused and eventually received an apology from head office. Hollie is amazing and captivating and what she says is unfortunately to true.

  10. Maureen Yates November 30, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Hollie are you coming to Birmingham next year? Hope so.

  11. Paul Miller November 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Just came across you on You Tube. Not heard of you before. My comment is Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. :-) x

  12. Anna CBC November 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Intelligent. Refreshing. Love it!

    • Clinton January 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

      You rock!

  13. Ken Allan December 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Hello Hollie…saw your video on do the math and comments about our immigrants. I was totally blown away by your firm yet compassionate understanding of the issues. I have played it several times, posted it to my timeline on facebook and shared it with my canadian and american friends. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing (social media can be a wonderful thing). Ken Allan (canada) kwheatstone@hotmail.ca

  14. shayej December 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    I don’t know if you will have chance to read this comment, but still i would like to say man You are good! love your poetry, and the rhymes. keep it up girl!! :)

  15. Morten December 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Hollie, I have now stumbled across two of your tomes by accident..the breastfeeding in public and the mathematics of immigration. It is a rare move on my part to ever partake in these comments/reply things, but I wanted you to know that I think your work is truly inspirational. Please keep it up!…. You deserve fame…not for the vanity of it, but for the influence it may bring on thoughtful insight. I hope more and more people absorb your common sense and apply it in their attitudes and behaviour. Good luck !

  16. andy@artofgold.co.uk December 20, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    Hey ……..
    You are such a dream!….
    I was 4 years old in SA – came back to Canning Town ….my Dad stuck his head out as a Doctor – he copted it …wheeled a patient across the road into the ‘black hospital …..threw his fists about and saved a life – got away at the time cos he was ‘English’ Doc….. he saved that life – we were followed by the SS – … We came back and spread the word …..grew up defending ….to this day – they dont understand. My grandad was a commando – hard as ya like from the gas works in canning town – he never spoke about the war …. we wold’nt be here if Polish men hadnt thrown themselves against the guns and smashed the nazis in the skies and won.

    to this day – mates with kids getting screamed ‘Paki’ on their way to school – Indian and gentle as ya like….!


    • andy@artofgold.co.uk December 20, 2013 at 5:32 am #

      Joe Strummer and Paul Weller … your spirtual Uncles xxx

  17. web site December 24, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    This design is steller! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own
    blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more
    than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  18. Lamin Ceesay December 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I am a beginer poet from the republic of the Gambia, West Africa. You are really an inspiration to the young ones of this tune of poetry. I would like to get in touch with you.

  19. Umi January 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Hollie, I have been meaning say this for ages since seeing you perform a couple of years ago at a Latitude music festival.

    You made my eyes stream, when you spoke your poem written whilst carrying your baby, I thought you were just brilliant. You are gifted.

    The reminder to get in touch was the poem you have made for the page 3 campaign, I heard it yesterday, fantastic.

    All the best to you x

  20. Rachel Clapson January 24, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Just heard about you today. Amazing, you capture attention, you speak and you feel. I’m not going to tell you a story, it isn’t required. Keep on, keeping on little one :)

  21. Matt. January 25, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    At school I crunched numbers, loved my pure maths and my statistics but had no time for my English class, The literature was okay, I enjoyed a good book, but poetry, what was the point?
    If only you had been there to open my eyes then, you did more for my appreciation of the whole genre in 2 minutes than my teachers did in 3 years.
    Apologies Mrs. Woodhouse, you were right.

  22. Martin January 25, 2014 at 12:52 am #

    Brilliant x

  23. Larry Kirk January 25, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Just saw, and shared, your very eloquent and intelligent video on immigration… superbly done and very moving. Time to go and look up some of your previous work ! Thanks

  24. Miro Sekula January 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    This is the disease I want to have, to speak in delirium, sweating, burning from fever.
    I want to be overwhelmed by this germ of the brave, by this plague that should last forever.
    Opinion is one, protest is another, …..but to speak for many irrelevant of who-they-are…?
    That is a gift, a gift of bright light, a diamond like elemental speck shaped into a mist of pure spirit…..something ours, so commonly shared that it should be called – home!
    A place for us all to be found, a place of comfort, no designated space no time, without doors or a lock…but a place of being one…not me or you, not me and you, not us or them….just pure compassion, hands joined……and a smile!

    Thank you! You make this world a better place!

  25. Arno January 27, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    How good is that!
    Pure genius

  26. Arno January 27, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    PS: Referring to your spoken words piece on “Immigrants/Math”

  27. Al Wolf January 28, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    Stumbled across this new and refreshing art form, Hollie, continue your quest, love Mathematics, very hypnotic

  28. marian campbell February 11, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Hollie (or reader)

    I have come across Hollie accidentally. I have never been a fan of poetry until now.Hollie has an amazing talent to get across a message in a meaningful way. Her topics are relevant and insightful. Her presentation is faultless, her poetry – flawless.I am floored by all of this and really want to let Hollie know that her work is inspiring and moving – and this, from a 60 y o mother of 3 + 2 (step) and 4 (nearly 5) grandchildren.

    Hollie, you have become my new hero. Your topics are relevant and not self indulgent (as I have found much poetry to be). Your delivery is realistic and believable.

    You have my greatest admiration, and I will promote your work to everyone I come across.

    More than that, I thank you for your insightful delivery and fearlessness in dealing with difficult topics in such a positive and honest way.

    Thank you,

  29. joanne February 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    I have just seen your video about breastfeeding and I feel elated, excited, sad and amazed! Personally I haven’t fed in a toilet and I never would screw what people think. I am currently feeding my 4 month old and I fed my now 4 year old for 9 months. Thank you from the bottom of my heart xx

  30. Simone Castello (@simonecas) February 21, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Hi Holly, just read your article in the BfN newsletter. I have seen you live in Cambridge several times and I wish you luck – it’s not easy to combine a career with motherhood.

  31. Ela March 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Hallo Hollie, I have just heard you on the bbc radio 4 program poetry please. You are going to awaken an understanding and love for poetry in my two girls who have had literary upbringing but still do not get my love for your art.
    Everything you write perfectly describes what we women and mothers have going around in our heads and hearts. You now have 3 new fans. We will spread he word in Holland and the continent!

  32. thisyearinmusic March 9, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    It’s incredibly clever and thought provoking stuff!

  33. Christine Sheridan March 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Hollie, I’m contacting from WholeWorldBand in Dublin and would like an email address to send you some information about us, and hopefully interest you in putting some of your work on our new pioneering platform,
    look forward to hearing from you,
    all the best, Christine Sheridan- Talent and Artists, WholeWorldBand
    ps I see you are at Cúirt in April, its a fantastic festival, hope to catch you there, C

  34. Jeddy March 25, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    Hi Hollie,
    I have a night called Vocool which is an open mic and showcase night of music, comedy and poetry. I have only recently heard your work and love your work. I would be very interested in you reciting some of your poems at vocool. I’m having the Easter show on Thursday the 17th April, if you’re not available then maybe we can look at more future dates. Vocool is usually on the last Friday of the month so hopefully we can find a date if interested. Here’s my number too if you would like to speak with me about it, 07956149209,

  35. fearonloathing April 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    This kind of happened. I haven’t written in a long time and someone put me on to you and your work. Thanks

    I didn’t lose my keys
    I didn’t lose my phone
    I didn’t lose my wallet
    I didn’t lose my home

    I couldn’t find my shoes for a while
    but eventually they showed up
    I couldn’t find my smile for a while
    but the corners of my frown perked up
    I haven’t lost my mind (I think)
    and I haven’t lost my friends

    But every time I lose my words, it’s a torture that won’t end.

    It’s like the cup is overflowing
    the dam is about to burst
    I can barely write my name
    let alone poem, song or verse.
    It weighs just like the sky on the shoulders of the gods.
    I need the release, the out
    to give some control to my thoughts

    Even now I have a break
    A brief respite before I return
    To the despair of my block
    and the freedom for which I yearn.

    • Hollie McNish April 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

      Thanks so much for this, it’s really so lush to read x

  36. Ayesha April 30, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    I just discovered your work through an upworthy video. Thank you for your beautiful articulation of the things that we sometimes have a hard time putting into words. Inspirational and enjoyable. God bless!

  37. Dave Rindl May 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    Just caught your clip on Upworthy. Love your values, and how you express it just gripped me and left me smiling. You have a new fan…. amongst it seems, thousands!

  38. Abdul m Hayat May 21, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    You are amazing . Love your work

  39. kirstymackay June 18, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Hi Holly, I just wanted to let you know that I have posted a link to ‘Embarrassed’ on my blog. (kirstymackay.wordpress.com) I am making portraits of women breast feeding and your words really resonated with me. All the best Kirsty

  40. theroadsarerivers June 19, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    thank you, hollie, for tonight in malvern – i was enchanted and enriched by your words – thank you, mark :-)

  41. Tom C. July 11, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Wow………………. Loved the immiration thing. posted it on F.B….. Im so impessed. This should be viewed a lot here in the u.s.! amazing!

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