Wed, 06 Apr


St Michael The Archangel

SproutSpoken presents Hollie McNish

with support from Edward Tripp and local performers...

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SproutSpoken presents Hollie McNish

When? Where to?

06 Apr, 19:30

St Michael The Archangel, St Michael's Rd, Newquay TR7 1RA, UK

The Details...

SproutSpoken is delighted to welcome Hollie McNish to Newquay as part of her book-tour for Slug  (and other things I've been told to hate). Join her and guest support in the beautiful surroundings of St Michael The Archangel for what promises to be one of the highlights of the SproutSpoken calendar in 2022. 

Doors open: 6.30pm

Show Start: 7.30pm

Licensed bar available.

Age guide: 14+

Also popping up at the event will be:

Sprout Health Foods (so that's a healthy dinner sorted!)

Clemo Books (with plenty of Hollie's work as well as other titles)



Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose live readings are not to be missed. Expect strong language and adult content ribbon wrapped in carefully and caringly sculpted poetry as Hollie reads from and chats about her much anticipated new collection: Slug...and other things i’ve been told to hate.

“One of the best poets we have”. – Matt Haig

“Her writing is sublime” – Ellie Taylor

“Gorgeous Fingering Poems” – Bryony Gordon

“like Pam Ayres on acid” – Lemn Sissay

“Stellar” - Vanessa Kisuule

“Mad craic” – Ray Lawlor, twitter

“Rubbish” – Ellie Wheeler, The Telegraph

“I like some poetry but not really yours” – Hollie’s daughter




Devon-based stand-up poet, writer and visual artist, Edward Tripp (known to some by his previous pseudonym, ‘Roisin’s Brother’)has previously brought his unique brand of spoken-word to nights and festivals such as Spork! Poetic License and WOMAD.

Once described as a cross between Dave Allen and David Lynch, Edward Tripp is a comic poet and performer who squashes the surreal with the sincere, making work that’s funny, deeply strange and often a little depraved. 


More about Hollie...

From Finnish mermaids and soppy otters to Kellogg's anti-masturbation pants, Slug is a book that holds a mirror up to the world, past and present, through Hollie's driving, funny and beautiful words. A blend of poetry, memoir and short story, Slug is an absolutely joyful read about the human condition: from birth to death and her attempt to manage the tangle in-between.

A writer based between Glasgow and Cambridge, Hollie has published four poetry collections Papers, Cherry Pie, Plum, Slug, one play Offside and one poetic memoir Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book” and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She was the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios.

Her poems have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish and Japanese and she has performed them worldwide alongside the likes of Irvine Welsh, Kae Tempest, Jackie Kay, Helen Pankhurst and Young Fathers. As well as live readings, Hollie is a big fan of online accessibility – her poetry videos have attracted millions of viewings worldwide.

SproutSpoken is kindly supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.





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