Nobody Told Me by Hollie McNish

Nobody Told Me: The Poetry of Parenthood

4th February 2016

by Hollie McNish

A memoir of parenthood by performance poet Hollie McNish…


Hollie McNish was on the way to perform at her first poetry gig at Glastonbury Festival. In Kings Cross station, she bought two pregnancy tests. In the toilets, in the break between connecting trains she tested them; they were both positive. She went back to Boots and bought another. That was also positive. She headed off on the train with a secret, and had a rather different Glastonbury than planned.

Nobody Told Me is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie's diaries, relating her first three years and nine months of parenthood, ending with her daughter's first day of pre-school. As a poet, the new hurdles of pregnancy, motherhood and the differences between what she had and hadn't been told about this experience gave her a lot to write about.

About the author

Hollie McNish is a published UK poet based between London and Cambridge. She has released two poetry albums, Touch and Push Kick, both to critical acclaim.

Read if you like

Kate Tempest