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 Die Hard (15)

2 hrs 12 | On Christmas Eve, tough New York detective John McClane stumbles on a hostage situation in the Nakatomi Plaza, and starts a one-man war to save the day. Explosive fun.

White Christmas (U)
The Kitchen

1 hr 55 | All-time Christmas classic about a pair of World War II veterans who form a singing duo which leads them back to their army commander, and one last favour.

Love Actually (15)
The Kitchen

2 hrs 9 | The season of goodwill begins on the big screen with Richard Curtis’s love story about nine couples discovering the course to true love rarely runs smooth.

Cinema Mary Poppins Returns (TBC)

Duration TBC | A very welcome return for Mary Poppins just in time for Christmas, with Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda starring as Mary and Bert. Wonderful.

Cinema Suspiria (18)

2 hrs 33 | An atmospheric remake of the classic ballet school set horror. Featuring Tilda Swinton and from the director of Call Me By Your Name.

Cinema Nativity Rocks! (TBC)

Duration TBC | In the third film of the very British franchise, the whole school gets involved as the staff and pupils of St. Bernadette’s Primary School audition for roles in an all-new rock music-themed nativity.

Cinema Shoplifters (15)

2 hrs 1 | Winner of the 2018 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Shoplifters tells the story of a family living on the fringes of Japanese society.

Cinema Widows (15)

2 hrs 10 | A blistering, modern-day thriller set against a backdrop of crime, passion and corruption from the director of 12 Years a Slave and the writer of Gone Girl.

Cinema Wildlife (12A)

1 hr 45 | Powerful drama set in 1960s Montana, with Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal as a couple raising their son as a nearby forest fire rages.

The Star (U)

1 hr 26 | Animated nativity story in which a little donkey helps Mary and Joseph find their way to Bethlehem.

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