Hollie McNish fills Storyhouse with poetry.

Award-winning poet Hollie McNish turns Storyhouse into a poetic wonderland for one weekend! Running from
Last event: Sunday 19 November 2017 at 8am

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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!


Cinema Kings of The Road (18)

2 hr 55 | A film about friendship between Bruno, who repairs film projectors and travels along the inner-German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, who is fleeing from his own past.

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Cinema The American Friend (12A)

2 hr 6 | Jonathan Zimmermann believes that he will soon die of leukemia. The unscrupulous American Tom Ripley, learns of this and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes.

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Cinema Wings of Desire (12A)

2 hr 8 | Guardian angels listen to mortals and attempt to comfort them but one of them wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist.

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Cinema Paris, Texas (12A)

2 hr 28 | The story of Travis, a man who wanders out of Mexico and into Texas one day, in the blazing heat of the “Big Bend”.

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Cinema ROH Live: Il Trovatore (TBC)

3 hrs 25 | A devastating curse rises from the ashes in Verdi’s monumental tale of superstition and rivalry.

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Cinema ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty (TBC)

3 hr 25 | Magic and fairytale characters are brought to life through ballet in this well-known family favourite.

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Cinema ROH Live: The Marriage of Figaro (TBC)

4 hrs | Director David McVicar brings out the revolutionary elements in Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.

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Cinema ROH Live: Cinderella (TBC)

3 hrs | A new production of the much-loved Royal Ballet fairytale classic.

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Cinema ROH Live: Turandot (TBC)

3 hr 20 | Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in Andrei Serban’s classic staging.

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Cinema ROH Live: Like Water For Chocolate (TBC)

3 hr 10 | Christopher Wheeldon’s new full-length ballet brings the magic realism of this famous modern Mexican novel to The Royal Ballet.

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