Holly took a break from performing in 2020 in order to focus on her writing workshops and a new short story project. Due to the Covid-19 crisis all of her workshops are now online. She is currently running an LGBTQ+ writing group (in connection with Out2gether), two mental health groups (the second was set up to provide extra support to those struggling with isolation) and online sessions with a group through Worcester Probation Service (in connection with Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council). She is also currently working on a lockdown writing project for 7-11 year olds. All of these groups will be producing anthologies later in the year. Holly also has plans to work with the homeless and the migrant community, later in 2020.
PAST PERFORMANCES 2019:
Thursday 21st November – Headliner with Scott Cowley and Rick Sanders. WordCraft. BottleCraft, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Thursday 10th October – Headliner with Nick Lovell. Central Library Takeover to celebrate World Mental Health Day. Swindon Central Library.
Thursday 19th September – Headliner with Scott Cowley. Orators & Opinions, The Fountain Inn, Walsall, WS1 1XB.
Monday 26th August – August Bank Holiday Spoken Word Festival Worcester, Worcester Porcelain Factory
Friday 23rd August – Featured artist with Tarik Ross-Cameron and Steve Pottinger. Labour Party Fundraiser, The Duke William, Stourbridge
Saturday 20th July – ‘Crossing The Line’ book launch, Paradiddles, Worcester http://www.bitepress.co.uk
Friday 19th July – ‘Crossing The Line’ book launch, Darkroom Espresso Swindon http://www.bitepress.co.uk
Saturday 6th July – Freeverse Poetry Festival, Walsall
Thursday 20th June – Featured poet at Rusty Goat’s Poetry Corner TWIGS takeover, Swindon
Tuesday 11th June – Featured poet at Oooh Beehive! Swindon
Sat 25th/Sun 26th May – Mello Festival, Spoken Word Stage
Friday 24th-Thurs 30th May – PoArtry exhibition (a collaboration between poets and visual artists), General Office, Stourbridge
Saturday 30th April – Featured artist. Worcestershire Transgender Day of Visibility.
Tuesday 16th April – The Wallflower Club – Featured artist with drag king Mannly Mannington. Cherry Red’s, Birmingham.
Monday 11th March – Featured guest poet at Piranha Poetry, The Ale House, Stroud
Friday 8th March – Featured poet at Raise The Bar fundraiser for Refugee Women of Bristol for International Women’s Day with Nafeesa Hamid and Thommie Gillow
Thursday 7th February – Featured poet at Word Heroes (in Aid of West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre), Heroes Bar, Worcester
Saturday 26th January – The 3rd Wolverhampton Literary Festival Poetry Slam, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Friday 14th December – Charles Hastings Education Centre at Worcester Royal Hospital with Alzheimer’s Association UK.
Monday 5th November – Featured poet at Rusty Goat’s Poetry Corner, Darkroom Espresso, Swindon
Thursday 15th November – Headlining poet collaborating with Charley Barnes, Grizzly Pear, Birmingham
Sunday 25th November – Featured poet, Oooh Shehive, Swindon
Saturday 22nd September – Worcestershire Pride – BSL signed performance
Thursday 26th July – Winner of The Sting/Oooh Beehive Birmingham Slam as part of BrumFest, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham
Tuesday 24th July – Headlining poet at Poetry Bites, Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham with Jonathan Edwards
Wednesday 6th June – Featured poet at Speak Out for WM Women’s Aid, Heroes, Worcester
Thursday 17th May – Headliner at Dear Listener, Boston Tea Party Worcester
Tuesday 14th November – Featured poet at What’s The Word, RJJZ’s Jazz Café Bar
Thursday 26th October – Featured poet at Caffe Grande Slam, Dudley.
Saturday 7th October (daytime) – Swindon Poetry Festival
Saturday 7th October (evening) – Headlining poet at Poetry for Pipka (raising funds for the refugee camp), Malvern Cooperative Book Store with Christina Thatcher
Wednesday 27th September – Headliner at Spoken Trend, Kings Heath
Sunday 30th July – Featured poet on Brum Radio Poets hosted by Rick Sanders with Beth Slinn and Tom McCann
Saturday 29th July – Winner of the Swindon and Wiltshire Pride Poetry Slam
Tuesday 11th July – Oooh Beehive! Music & Metaphor featured poet with Melanie Branton & Bethany Humphries. The Beehive, Swindon.
Saturday 8th July – Glas-Denbury Festival, Newton Abbot with Raise The Bar (featuring Sean Hughes & Mark Gwynne Jones).
Thursday 6th July – Hosting Uncorked featuring Sean Colletti, Jake Scott, Clive Oseman & Worcestershire Poet Laureate Nina Lewis. Bottles Wine Bar, Worcester.
Sunday 25th June – The Salt King 200 Festival. Chateau Impney, Droitwich.
Thursday 20th June – Kaleidoscopic – Breaking The Binary. The Bierkeller, Birmingham
Wednesday 14th June – Featured poet at HOWL! The Dark Horse, Moseley, Birmingham.
Saturday 10th June – Book signing and workshop, part of Worcester Lit Fest. St Johns Library, Worcester. 4pm.
Thursday 25th May – Poetry Salon with Charley Barnes & Nina Lewis (part of the Worcester Literary Festival). The Old Rectifying House, Worcester.
Thursday 18th May – Opening for ‘The Fantastical Flights of Emilia Gate’ – Louise M Hart’s book launch at The Ort Café, Birmingham.
Thursday 20th April – Uncorked! at Bottles, Worcester. Featured poet alongside Jasmine Gardosi, Casey Bailey, Joe Cook and Leon Priestnall.
Saturday 28th January – Screening of ‘For Russia With Love’ as part of Trading Love, Arts and Culture Festival, Tontine Building, Glasgow
I took 2016 out from performing to focus on my (non-fiction) book, as well as delivering writing workshops to young people at risk.
Thursday 10th December – My debut play ‘The Word’ performed at The REP, Birmingham (as part of The Writeaway Programme). Directed by Milli Bhatia.
1st-30th November – Sketches from Both Sides of The Sky: Homecooking Broadcast commission for Apples and Snakes exploring bipolar disorder, inherited mental illness and creativity.
Wednesday 11th November – Howl – Featured Artist (alongside Spoz and Jake Scott)
Sunday 23rd August – Opus Club Summer Ball Canal Cruise – Featured Artist
Tuesday 2nd June – Stirchley Speaks – Featured Artist
Monday 1st June – Filming with Beatfreeks (interview and poetry performance)
Monday 25th May – Filming spoken word pieces ‘For Russia With Love’ & ‘So Your Wife…’ with Terrapin 5 Productions
Wednesday 20th May – Writeaway scriptwriters event at The REP (weekly for 10 weeks)
Saturday 11th April – Sandbox with Beatfreeks – The Bond, Fazeley St, Birmingham
Saturday 4th April – Opus Club with Mark Grist: 7:00pm – The Dark Horse, Birmingham
Saturday 21st March – Play in a Day – Birmingham REP
Thursday 19th March – Hit The Ode – The Victoria, Birmingham
Wednesday 11th March – Howl – The Sun at The Station, Birmingham
Saturday 7th March – Poets’ Place
Saturday 7th February – Opus Club with Bohdan Piasecki
Saturday 24th January – Poets’ Place: Birmingham Library