Chester Literature Festival’s guest director, award-winning poet and author Hollie McNish, is filling Storyhouse with poetry on the weekend of 18-19 November 2017.
Gigantic poems will fill the floors, the walls and some hidden spaces for you to discover! A PoeTree offers visitors the chance to hang up a poem postcard, which will be posted by Hollie.
Poems will be echoing through the toilet cubicles, and free paper poetry roses (made by Hollie) will be available to give to your loved ones. An emergency poet in a real-life ambulance will be outside, and there will also be an hour long reading from Nobody Told Me, her Ted Hughes prized book, filmed especially for Storyhouse from McNish’s armchair, projected on to the big screen.
Here’s a message from Hollie:
My name’s Hollie McNish and I’m this year’s Artist in Residence for Chester Literature Festival. I’m 34 years old, and have one lovely daughter. I live near Cambridge, my family are from Glasgow, and I really love this place (Storyhouse!), which is nicely in the middle of my home and my family! I also really like writing poetry and have done it since I was really little. I don’t know why. I just find it a good way to get ideas out and thoughts off my chest. I also like playing football and dancing and eating pizza.
Storyhouse asked me to fill their lovely building with my poems, so that’s what I’ve tried to do. I know not everyone like poetry, but I hope you like some of what you see, hear, read and watch this weekend! Have a lovely time whatever you’re here for and pick up one of my wee guides to a few of the bits I’ve dotted about the place!