Tour Bookings Open x

Now taking tour bookings…
(excluding London cos that’s where the launch will be)

My next book ‘Plum’ comes out in June and I will be touring it from then until November 2017, two days a week. Tour bookings are being taken from now until mid of April but filling up pretty quick.


The publisher of the book is Picador and they are arranging the tour, with lots of dates already booked in. But I wanted to open it up to not just literature and book festivals etc because I know there are a lot of great theatres and poetry nights across the UK too who have supported me no end and might fancy a reading.

So…if you run a poetry night / run a venue / manage a theatre and would like to enquire about booking me to come and read / perform / do ‘Plum’, please get in touch with and we can pass the request onto the right person! The tech set up is one microphone on a stand and a light x

If you’re interested at all, here are what we would need from a venue / night / organiser….

1.Set fee: to be agreed with Picador
Basically I mean I don’t do free events or events for peanut butter so please don’t ask me to and force me to feel bad about it all when I know there’s rent to pay and food to buy and so do you. I do a set number of free youth and charity things each year but this is my full time job.

2. The set / reading is 45mins to one hour long. At least thirty minutes reading from the new book. So if you’re wanting me to read mainly from another book, I can’t for this tour. Sorry! If you want me to do a q and a or something else, that’s totally cool.

3. I don’t need any ‘rider’. Or bottled water. Just a pint of tap water is brill x

4. We need to be able to get the bookseller in for a selling / signing after the gig somewhere in your venue.

5. It’s nice to have a support poet on the line up. I have three brilliant poets I would normally use and love to use. But…if you run a night and normally have other poets on / local poets on / an open mic first etc that is also cool. Or just me is fine, but lonely!

6. The venue needs to be licensed because poetry audiences who can’t get a drink don’t tend to enjoy the poems as much (in my experience). And comfy enough chairs (for the same reason). Red velvet is always a winner!

7. Lots of people who come to my gigs have very young babies who they can’t leave at home. I have done a lot of gigs where mums feed babies / parents bring babies to the shows. If you can let me know if this is ok in your venue, great. I’m not talking toddlers / older kids (it’s an adult reading) just those babies hanging off nipples or arms like the ones allowed in over 18 cinema baby friendly screenings. There has never been a problem with this and if the babies start screaming, I guarantee the parent will not just sit there and do nothing! I know some venues legally cannot have babies in them, which is totally understandable.

ps. you don’t have to have baby facilities, just let me know if a few (and it’s hardly ever more) mums with new babies are not refused entry if they bring the nipper

8. Let us know about access to your venue please

9. That’s it! Please don’t message me here about this: email:


Pass it on if you fancy xxx

Terrible Twos

I know it can be hard. Sometimes very hard hard to raise a kid. But I always liked to remind myself sometimes, this is not a #baby #toddler #child, despite the developmental labels us ‘adults’ love to use, it is just a younger and smaller #humanbeing learning what the fuck is going on here x



Offside: The Play


I co-wrote a play with Sabrina Mahfouz about the fucking fascinating history of women’s football, from the Scotland team’s defeat of England in the 1890’s  to the 1920’s Preston glory years to the FA’s ban of female play to current day.

The play is on tour next year in lots of places and I hope you might go take a look. It is not as rude as my other stuff so suitable for any of your younger people! x



24th & 25th March 2017:
The Studio
Performances: Fri 7.45pm / Sat 2.45pm and 7.45pm
Ticket prices: Full: £12 / Concessions: £10
Box Office: 01423 502 116
Tickets on sale now!

27th & 28th March 2017: OMNIBUS, London
The Theatre
Performances: 7:30pm
Ticket prices: Full: £12 / Concessions: £10 / Groups of 6 or more = 10% off
Box Office: 020 7498 4699
Tickets on sale: 24th November 2016

30th March – 1st APRIL 2017: TRAVERSE THEATRE, Edinburgh
Traverse 2 Performances: 8pm
Ticket prices: Full: £16.50 / Standard concession: £13.50 / Other concession: £8.50
Box Office: 0131 228 1404
Tickets on sale week of 12th December 2016

The Theatre Performances: 7:30pm
Ticket prices: Full: £12.50 / Concessions: £11.25
Box Office: 023 9247 2700
Tickets on sale now!

7th & 8th April 2017: THE WARDROBE THEATRE, Bristol
The Theatre Performances: 8pm
Ticket prices: £8
Box Office: 0117 902 0344
Tickets on sale now!

10th & 11th April 2017: THE MARLOWE THEATRE, Canterbury
The Studio Performances: 8pm
Ticket prices: £12.50 full; £11.50 concessions; £10.50 Friends; £8 Discovery; £7.50 groups of 10+ and participants (of their creative classes); part of 3-for-2 offer
Box Office: 01227 787787
Tickets on sale now!

13th April 2017: CAST, Doncaster
Second Space Performance: 7:45pm
Ticket prices: Full: £10.50 / Concessions: £9
Box Office: 01302 303 959
Tickets on sale: 23rd November 2016

20th April 2017: THE NORTH WALL , Oxford
The Theatre Performance: 8pm
Ticket prices: Full: £14 / Concessions: £12
Box Office: 01865 319450
Tickets on sale: 28th November 2016

24th April 2017: CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION, Cambridge
J2 Performance: 7:30pm
Ticket prices: £12.50 and £8.00 concessions
Box Office: 01223 511 511
Tickets on sale in December

27th – 29th April 2017: NORTHERN STAGE , Newcastle
Stage 2 Performances: 7:45pm
Ticket prices: Full: £15.50 / Concessions: £13.50
Box Office: 0191 230 5151
Tickets on sale now!

Writers: Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish
Director: Caroline Bryant
Designer: Beth Oppenheim
Composer: Tom Adams
Movement Director: Diane Alison-Mitchell
Lighting Designer and Production Manager: Dylan Tate
Assistant Director: Sophie Ellerby



Free Gig / Cadogan hall / London

FREE GIG! / Nov 23rd / Cadogan Hall, London!
Allbum Launch: Hollie versus Orchestra
Metropol Orkest / Salena Godden / Vanessa Kisuule and Me. Conducted by the brilliant Jules Buckley.
Aaahhhhh – I’m very excited and nervous about this. Poetry from two of my favourite writers, and myself, then a full reading of poetry accompanied by the outstanding Metropole Orkest. Come watch some great poets and then me get very fucking nervous!! The whole gig is supported by Asos and is FREE. Bring yourselves, your friends, your school students, your grandmas and grandpas (the seats are beautiful red velvet and very comfy! It’s gonna be a cracker and I’m so bloody stoked! x
Text Verse 1 to 87007 to book places. Bring anyone, there’s lots of space and no cost! X
Here’s the more official blurb!!!! :
Delighted to announce that, as a part of the #ASOSSupportsTalent programme, I’ll be performing ‘Poetry Versus Orchestra’ Live at London’s Cadogan Hall ‪on November 23rd – performing with the wonderful Metropol Orkest.
This will be the first time that I’ll be performing poems from the album live with The Metropol Orkest,Tickets will be FREE. So…to go on my free list text Verse1 to 87007 hope to see as many of you down there as possible!
Three days for you lot to grab them before they go on general release.

A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish

A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish
Series starts TOMORROW on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour x
For the last three months I’ve been working with producer @AbbyHollick travelling to people’s homes to have a cup of tea and a chat about a lot of different aspects of parenthood. Aspects which we felt are rarely covered in the mainstream media.
Tomorrow the seven part series starts on @BBCWomansHour, ten minute takeover each day OR if you fancy listening to all the episodes at once, they’ll all be put up tomorrow on iplayer.
This is the first time I’ve ever interviewed people. I’m no professional and learning as I go along so please ignore my stumbling and focus on the brilliant stories from all the guests – really really honoured to be part of this – hope it sheds a bit of light on some of the many aspects of parenting that get hidden under the catalogue parenting ads and clean white sofas! x

It’s Johnson, not Boris

From someone very interested in languages…

Stop calling him Boris. He’s not our mate. He’s not down to earth. It gives the wrong impression and is a very very clever linguistic device of PR campaigns. Call him Boris Johnson or Johnson like every other political is referred to. He has one of the most elite possible backgrounds in this country / world. A member of the sort of clubs of people I met at Cambridge Uni that wouldn’t even been seen walking the streets with me in case it ruined their chances of membership.

Boris Johnson or Johnson. These small tricks make important difference to how we view someone. He’s not a loveable buffoon, he’s a highly intelligent, wealthy, elitist politician.