Wednesday 6th December
HOLLIE MCNISH + MICHAEL PEDERSON + ZAFFAR KUNIAL
£10 | £12 [+10% booking fee]
Doors open 7.30pm
Seated 14+ show | U18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Hollie McNish is a Sunday Times bestselling author based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her poetic parenting memoir Nobody Told Me, of which The Scotsman stated: ‘The World Needs this Book’. She has published four further collections of poetry – Papers, Cherry Pie, Plum and her most recent poetic memoir Slug… and other things I’ve been told to hate, which covers topics from grief to otters and grandmothers to Finnish saunas. She has just completed a re-imagining of Sophocles’ Greek Tragedy Antigone. She really loves plums and writing poems.
‘Utterly fearless: [Hollie’s is] an essential voice for our times’ MUSA OKWONGA
Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet and author. He’s produced two acclaimed collections of poetry with a third slated for release in 2023. His prose debut, ‘Boy Friends‘, was recently published by Faber & Faber to rave reviews in the UK and North America. Pedersen won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the John Mather’s Trust Rising Star of Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Writer of the Year’ at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards. With work anthologised by the likes of Pan MacMillan and Canongate Books, his writing has attracted plaudits from voices as diverse as: Stephen Fry, Irvine Welsh, Shirley Manson, Kae Tempest, Jackie Kay, Ian Rankin and Charlotte Church. Pedersen also co-founded the prize-winning literary collective Neu! Reekie! and regularly features on the BBC Arts networks.
Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and spent that year as the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘The Word’.
‘[Michael is] a master of words. He plays them like music.’ KAE TEMPEST
This event is fully booked.