Books and Plays

slug

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Hardback / Paperback

Sunday Times Bestselling book mixing poetry, prose and short stories. From Finnish saunas and soppy otters to grief, grandparents and Kellogg’s anti-masturbation pants, Slug is a book which holds a mirror lovingly up to the world, past and present, through Hollie’s driving, funny, hopeful poetry and prose. Slug is about the human condition: of birth and death and how we manage the possibilities in between.

“I love Hollie’s poems – Matt Haig”

“Within the first six pages I had phoned my dad to tell him I love him and had a crying fit about how much I miss my gran, so well done I say” – Shappi Khorsandi



NOBODY TOLD ME

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Paperback

For a lyrical take on pregnancy and parenthood, look no further than Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry. This beautifully written book includes a series of poems and stories, lifted from Hollie’s personal diaries on becoming a parent, and documents her journey from pregnancy to taking her child to pre-school for the first time.

‘Fascinating and honest’
Mumsnet

‘Like talking to a friend’
Observer

AntigonE

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Paperback / Play

In this new adaptation, written for anyone and everyone to understand and enjoy, we see Sophocles’ play reignited by bestselling poet and writer Hollie McNish. Hollie’s considered retelling brings Sophocles’ original text to a modern-day audience, illuminating the remarkable resemblances between ancient Greek thought and the society we grapple with today

“a very modern take on one of my favourite greek tragedies” – Helen, Goodreads

“Hollie McNish’s adaptation is ‘Antigone’ for a 21st century audience.” – Jesika, Goodreads



PLUM

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Paperback

Hollie McNish has thrilled and entranced audiences the length and breadth of the UK with her compelling and powerful performances. Plum, her debut for Picador Poetry, is a wise, sometimes rude and piercingly candid account of her memories from childhood to attempted adulthood. This is a book about growing up, about guilt, flesh, fruit, friendships, work and play – and the urgent need to find a voice for the poems that will somehow do the whole glorious riot of it justice.

‘Loved it! A memoir in poetry’
-Shweta Padma Das

‘A delicious book that tickles your tongue as effectively as the fruit that gives the volume its title.’ – Nod Gosh – Goodreads

‘One of the worst poetry books I’ve ever read’ – Kerry, Goodreads



CHERRY PIE

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Paperback

Cherry Pie is the new collection from Arts Foundation Award winner Hollie Poetry, inspired by her grandparents’ advice on newspapers, war, sex and tinned cherries. Cherry Pie includes Hollie’s poem Mathematics (1.9 million hits on YouTube) as well as Bungalows and Biscuits which was shortlisted for Best Factual New Media Content About Older People’s Issues in the Older People in Media Awards. Her poetry has received over 3.5 million YouTube views; more than David Cameron’s speeches, less than a cat dancing to 80’s pop music.

‘Great poems and great artwork’
– Greta, Goodreads

‘My first time reading Hollie McNish and I’m so glad I did! It was full of “YES!” moments, and I couldn’t put it down.’
– Nikki, Goodreads