Call out for people to be in new poetry film

Please share xxx
Call out for babies and toddlers and teenagers and adults to be in a short poetry film. This is not a model thing, it’s a normal people from all and any shapes, sizes and backgrounds thing. In fact, especially so. You do not have to be in this industry to do this, might just be fun to try x
Email: with the header: Hollie Poetry Film Call Out if you’re at all interested or know anyone who might be. Details below
I’m doing another poetry video with the lovely director Jake Dypka who did Embarrassed:
and he needs people to be in it. It’s being filmed in about two weeks and there is a thank you stipend of between £50-£100 for the filming. I know it’s nothing so apologies they can’t give more.
The poem is only about 2 mins long and is about gender; about the kind of blue / pink division I think we heap on babies from birth and then all the division that comes afterwards. Like baby boys being wrapped in blue and girls in pink; like baby boys being hugged less than baby girls if they fall, apparently, or like the fact that most girls shoes have no grip and boys shoes have no glitter, and then teenage years, like boys being given blood-covered ‘macho’ images in action flicks and games, while girls blood is deemed dirty and unfeminine and they are giving lots of squeaky clean style images. Et etc. And on and on into older age.
The film has been set up and the film crew is now looking for the following people to be in it (some quite open with other more specific asks!!).
If you feel you might fancy it, you do not have to be in any way a professional actor / model / film person
I would also love it, like in Embarrassed, to showcase a world of babies and children and pregnancy and adults other than the purely caucasian straight middle class one we see in most of the media, especially in advertising and images of babies and young children, pregnancy and family life. Well, everywhere really.
Have a look and see if you might, maybe, think about doing it. I’m sure it’ll  be pretty fun to be in, I’d love it if you were x
Call out:
  • 1 x baby boy and baby girl (6 months old)
  • 1 x boy and girl (5-7 yrs old) 
  • 1 x boy and girl (13-15 yrs old) – girl must be able to do keep ups with football
  • 1 x boy (16-18 yrs old) – muscular physique 
  • 1 x androgynous boy with long hair (early 20s) – happy to shave legs
  • 1 x androgynous girl with shaved head / very short hair (early 20s)
  • 1 x boy & girl (18-20 yrs old), healthy / fit
  • 2 x male wrestlers with good physiques (20s-30s) – happy to dress up as S&M slaves for a dominatrix
  • 2 x men kissing (any age) – happy to show underwear
  • 2 x women kissing (any age) – happy to show underwear
  • 1 x man & woman (any age) – confident, happy to be almost naked, posing as dominatrix, man in woman’s dress etc.
  • 1 x male businessman (40s-50s)
  • 1 x female business-woman (40s-50s) 
  • 1 x older man (70s)
  • 1 x older woman (70s)
  • 1 x pregnant woman (30s) – happy to show belly or even pose topless covering her own breasts
And the email again is
Thanks so much, have a lovely day xxx

2017 Tour: Tickets now up for Durham, Bristol, Norwich, Portmeiron, Iona….

From June to November 2017 I’ll be on tour across the UK, reading from my new book, plus a little from my other books, supported by some brilliants poets. I really hope you can make one of the dates, I’d love to see you and your friends there xxx
Many dates to be confirmed, but get your tickets now for:
support Vanessa Kisuule

Mother’s Day Offer!

To celebrate this Mother’s Day (and because I’ve been told this book makes a good gift), I have 50 copies of Nobody Told Me that I will sign and write a message on for yourself (a present to yourself is allowed ey!) / your mother / the mother of your children (pretending it’s from your children) etc! / a helpful grandma / grandad / a carer / your child’s childminder you really like etc!
I’ll be selling these signed and messaged copies via my band camp page. The book is £10 plus postage, I can write whatever message you like, just let me know (and don’t forget to tell me the person’s name!).
For each book sold there, I’ll donate all profits (everything over £5) to homestart: So that’s £5 for each £10 book. If you pay more, I’ll donate that too.
Happy Mother’s Day in advance x

Open for Tour Bookings

I’m currently open for a few more weeks to take tour bookings from theatres, festivals, record shops, book shops, gin bars, sweetie factories, castle dungeons or any other venue / event / organisation that might want me to come and read some poems from my new collection and has capacity / capability to run the event and get a bookseller in.
I like venues with a roof best and the ability for people to buy alcohol. The tour is appropriate for 16+ or younger if from liberal families that don’t mind their children hearing the words vagina / sex / plum. Accessibility is very important, as is being okay with parents bringing small babies attached to bottles or arms or boobs who are too little to leave at home.
The new collection is called Plum and it comes out on the 15th June with Picador. I’ll be touring it from June – end October and am taking bookings for another few weeks now x
Places already covered on the tour (and that I therefore can’t do and am very very excited about) are:
London (all of it)
and then some lovely festivals in rural fields I’m not allowed to announce yet.
Any enquiries about the book / tour and to find out fees / capacity / rider (one pint of tap water and maybe a glass of wine please) etc, please get in touch with
Thanks so so much xxx
Here’s a tiny bit about it in the Guardian (but with the wrong title!):
(photo of my face, copyright Amy Gwatkin)

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