Hollie McNish - The Lobster Tour


Wednesday, 1 May 2024

Gloucester Guildhall


After a run of sold out shows up and down the UK, Hollie McNish is back with a brand new book, Lobster and other things I'm learning to love. A Sunday Times bestselling writer whose live readings are not to be missed, expect strong language and adult content, gift-wrapped in gorgeously crafted poetry.

In Lobster, Hollie brings her much-loved style to questions of friendship, flags and newborns, clocks, cocks and volvos, shining a ridiculous and beautifully poetic lens upon all those things we have been taught to hate, and which we might just learn to love again.

“Makes me cry and howl with laughter” - Paapa Essiedu

“Her writing is sublime” – Ellie Taylor

“like Pam Ayres on acid” – Lemn Sissay

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

''Never have we needed her more' - Stylist

“Rubbish” - The Telegraph

About the Author

Hollie McNish is a poet and author based between Glasgow and Cambridge. She was the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios, London and 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 Slug, which was a Sunday Times bestseller. Her new book, Lobster, and other things I'm learning to love is out now. She loves writing.

Plus special guest
Michael Pedersen

Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet, author, scribbler, stitcher. He is currently Writer in Residence at The University of Edinburgh. He's unfurled two acclaimed collections of poetry with Polygon Books with a third (The Cat Prince & Other Poems) published by Corsair/Little Brown in July 2023—the title poem of which is currently shortlisted for the Forward Prizes. His prose debut, Boy Friends, was published by Faber & Faber in 2022 in the UK & North America and was a Sunday Times Critics Choice. He 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, Pedersen has collaborated with musicians, film-makers, and visual artists.

‘Uncommonly romantic, irreverent and, at times, laugh out loud funny.’ —Shirley Manson

'Enchanting...astonishingly compelling...sparklingly written...rare and to be treasured'.’ — Stephen Fry

'A master of words. He plays them like music.' —Kae Tempest

'Lucid, lyrical, loaded, BOY FRIENDS is a love letter to friendship.' —Jackie Ka

Unreserved seating
Adult content warning 14+
Book signing after show
Doors 7.30pm


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