Hollie McNish has thrilled and entranced audiences the length and breadth of the UK with her compelling and powerful performances. Plum 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.

Hollie, winner of this year’s Ted Hughes Prize for Poetry, is guest Resident Artist for the annual Chester Literature Festival at Storyhouse. In this inaugural role, Hollie McNish will fill Storyhouse with poetry from 17 – 19 November.

“Hollie’s poems are deep and delicate. They move across you in a way that’s so gentle you almost don’t realise how they’ve gone straight for the gut till you’re thinking of them, by accident, days later. She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love. She points out the absurdities we’ve grown too used to and lets us see the world with fresh eyes. Her poetry is welcoming, galvanising and beautiful. She’s always been one of my favourites.” Kate Tempest

Certificate:

14+

Duration

Approx 70 mins

Reviews

Beautifully written
Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings, and her prose is warm and conversational, like speaking to a friend
I can’t take my ears off her

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