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    20:00 - A Toast to the People: Hollie McNish and Wana Udobang

    A Toast to the People: Hollie McNish and Wana Udobang

    Join Hollie McNish and Wana Udobang for an electric night of performance poetry and spoken word. Expect a celebration of contemporary storytelling at its finest.

    Glasgow-based Hollie McNish is a writer who loves writing, and it shows: her previous performances at the Book Festival have had the crowds on their feet. She has released two spoken word albums and a collection titled Plum since winning the UK Poetry Slam in 2009, and her new book Slug…and other things I’ve been told to hate was released in May of this year. McNish’s new poems often go viral, reaching millions on YouTube and she has also won the 2016 Ted Hughes Award for her poetic memoir Nobody Told Me.

    She performs along with Wana Udobang, a storyteller and artist working at the intersection of writing, poetry, performance and film. Udobang has released three studio albums as a poet and for her work in journalism has been awarded numerous fellowships, including the International Women’s Media Foundation Fellowship. She has spent the last five years developing and curating Culture Diaries, an archival project and Pan-African artist network that uses multi-platform storytelling to document African artists.

    A Toast to the People is a series of five events, produced by the Book Festival in partnership with Edinburgh International Festival. Each brings together two spoken word artists, performing their own work, and includes a specially commissioned piece inspired by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s ‘A Toast to the People’. After their performance, the artists take part in an exclusive discussion about their work. A Toast to the People events take place at the Edinburgh International Festival’s Old College Quad venue. For more information and tickets:

    20:00 - A Toast to the People: Hollie McNish and Wana Udobang