The beginning of a journey...

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Ted Hughes poetry award-winner and one of the faces of Nationwide's latest TV adverts, Hollie Mcnish quickly rose to fame for her unapologetically honest poems depicting the harsh realities of motherhood. Now, with a huge following, three books and millions of views on YouTube,  she comes to Town Hall during Birmingham Literature Festival and will be supported by a local new emerging spoken word talent Joe Cook

Hollie's journey began in a small poetry cafe in London where she often visited to scrawl ideas for poems. After finally plucking up the courage to perform one of her creations, she was quickly offered further performance opportunities and the rest, as they say, is history. 

The pain lessoning, but the responsibility as they placed you in my arms, a terrifying shock.

Hollie Mcnish, Plum

Her support act, Joe Cook, began his journey in spoken word with the support of THSH. Birmingham-based Joe Cook joined THSH’s Project SoundLounge team in 2013, working with other young people to produce and market their own Arts festival. He then went on to teach drum lessons at Live in the Lodge, delivered workshops and much, much more. 

Joe will be performing extracts from a poem created by the public during a Spoken Word workshop at this year's Inside Out Festival.

Joe Cook

Hollie will chat openly and honestly about her new collection of poems, Plum. Charting Hollie’s journey from childhood to 'attempted adulthood’ expect guilt, sex, politics, death and, as ever, guilt free honesty, a few laughs and above all, incredible writing talent.

Tickets are still available for an evening with Hollie Mcnish and Joe Cook, this Sunday 15 October at Town Hall.

Mothers talk about these things to one another privately but maybe not in front of lots and lots of people like I do​

Hollie Mcnish talking to The Guardian