Spoken Word - Winner 2015
Hollie’s writing career started when she was 7 when she started writing a diary in poems. Fast forward to 2009 when she became the UK Slam Poetry Champion and subsequently travelled to France to perform in the World Slam. Since then she has had her first collection 'Papers' published by Greenwich Exchange and two of her YouTube videos went viral allowing her to forge a career in poetry full-time. Producing material for online viewing is to her a huge part of her work. “I didn’t attend theatres as a child and most of my audience don’t seem to either” she says. Her award winning audio release 'Push Kick' was much heralded, describing her own journey, as she quotes “through the beauty, brilliance and bollocks of having a baby.” Hollie toured this show to over thirty UK venues ranging from teenage mother groups to village schools and larger poetry venues. In 2014 she produced 'Versus', a new double album of her writing and embarked on her first national solo tour to promote it with, in some cities, support artists including youth poetry organisations.
She is a poet who clearly straddles the boundaries between the literary, poetic and pop scenes. She has garnered titles like “chick of the week” (MTV), “boundary breaker” (Marie Claire)” and poet Benjamin Zephaniah stated “I can’t take my ears off her”. Her poem “Embarrassed” was tweeted to fans by renowned singer Pink. Her album Versus was released in October 2014, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. Her second collection of poems ‘Cherry Pie’, was released by Burning Eye Books in 2015 and a new book on parenthood ‘Nobody Told Me’ will make her the first poet to be published by Blackfriars, London, to be released February 2016