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Hollie McNish's poem on Women's Hour

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PurveyorOfWoo Fri 11-Mar-11 10:31:53

Did anyone else catch Hollie McNish's poem 'Wow' that she read on R4 Womens Hour for the Women of the World festival?

It provoked such a visceral reaction in me I actually cried!

It really is worth catching if you can - Listen again is not available yet, but should be by tomorrow, it is the first thing so you won't have to listen to the whole hour.

It's all about bodies aging and the pressures to be perfect and obliterate all the stories our bodies tell, particularly from having children.

lambslettuce Fri 11-Mar-11 22:53:24

I'd say it was Woman's Hour's finest moment as far as I'm concerned. And I'm really old and have been listening avidly for many, many years.

zippy539 Fri 11-Mar-11 23:02:01

I agree Lamb - just listened to it again and totally blubbing. I want to keep it for my daughter when she's older - brilliant.

hellymelly Fri 11-Mar-11 23:10:36

Blimey-that made me WAIL ! wiping the tears off now.Agree with zippy,-brilliant.

lambslettuce Fri 11-Mar-11 23:52:53

If it doesn't make the cut for Weekend Woman's Hour, the world really will have gorn mad.

suddsoaps Sat 12-Mar-11 16:04:50

It was beautiful my husband heard it first. We listened to it again and we wept .

nellyjane Sat 12-Mar-11 17:54:11

I'm another who wept listening to this when it came on weekend woman's hour, with my one year old sleeping beside me. Thank you Hollie. Will go and have a look at your website.

LucieM Sat 12-Mar-11 18:25:06

Hollie, just looking for your poem online cos I was moved to tears when I heard you on the radio. I was having a particularly down on myself morning, feeling saggy stretched marked bellied and drooping boobs, just like you said, and your words spoke straight to me, like a message from the universe! It was so beautiful! Thank you for reminding me I am a normal woman! xx

justinejammaker Sat 12-Mar-11 20:14:04

Just been listening to the Saturday version of womans hour and ended up having to park up with my 2 daughters in the back as I was crying so much. I have never been moved to tears by a poem before and was so surprised by my reaction I had to look it up again as soon as I got home and cried all over again. Utterly fantastic!!

ilovemydogandMrObama Sat 12-Mar-11 20:21:31

could some bright person do a link please? Was listening to it taking DD to a party....

travellingwilbury Sat 12-Mar-11 20:25:08

Another one that listened and had a wee sob , Wow ! indeed .

LadyBiscuit Sat 12-Mar-11 20:26:20

GeraldineMN posted one quite early on in the thread (as did I). Scroooool down

Amarach Sat 12-Mar-11 20:45:44

I know I'm echoing what everyone else has said, but I was listening to Weekend Woman's Hour today and found myself weeping on hearing 'Wow'. Have just been listening to some of Hollie's other stuff on So great to hear breastfeeding (for example) as the subject of beautiful and powerful poetry.

Amarach Sat 12-Mar-11 20:47:11

Sorry meant to make that link click-able []

Amarach Sat 12-Mar-11 20:51:18

Oops, sorry - I won't bother trying again but it IS worth listening to her other stuff.

ilovemydogandMrObama Sat 12-Mar-11 21:21:01

blush How did I miss the link? Can't see over my pregnant tummy and saggy boobs wink

LadyBiscuit Sat 12-Mar-11 21:32:10

[]] there you go

Ilovemydog - I hoik my boobs over my shoulders, only way wink

LadyBiscuit Sat 12-Mar-11 21:32:38


bornie Sun 13-Mar-11 11:14:12

Heard Hollie on woman's hour and was also stopped in my tracks. Have since listened to Push Kick and am blown away at the strength and impact of this poetry. I am a midwife and a mother of four (including three young adult girls) and am so inspired by this. I am thinking I might read out 'opposite man' at one of our antenatal classes. In short Hollie you have made a real impression on me and discovering your poetry has been the highlight of my week. THANKS !!!!!!

Bramshott Sun 13-Mar-11 12:00:27

Blimey - I nearly had to pull over when I was listening to this in the car yesterday.

Hollie - it's an amazing poem. Really looking forward to reading the text again online and sharing with friends!

whoamamma Sun 13-Mar-11 18:07:11

just heard it on wh podcast. amazing - about to send it to everyone I know!

Hollie - wow! <trots off to check out your other work>

HollieMcNish Mon 14-Mar-11 22:26:48


I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all these comments, it is so lovely to hear from people and I'm amazed by the response to be honest. Because of all this talk I've now managed to record and master the poem and put it online so anyone who wants to can download it for free. Thanks to my wee girl for sleeping for the last few hours without waking, I had the time to do it!!

Here's the link:

And I hope you don't mind but I used lambslettuce comment as a quote. Is that ok? I was just really chuffed with it! I can take it down if you don't want me to use it, no problem x

Oh, and a video of it is at:

Thank you all soooo much and hope you are all well and happy and enjoying motherhood xxx

Prolesworth Mon 14-Mar-11 22:28:24

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ChristinedePizan Mon 14-Mar-11 22:30:51

Thanks so much Hollie. I heard another poem you performed on Women's Hour a couple of months ago and that was really good too. Hope your work continues to go from strength to strength and carry on enjoying your motherhood.

ps my friend Clare in Cambridge said you were really nice and she was right

HollieMcNish Mon 14-Mar-11 22:32:36

Great! Am so happy that it has made some of you feel better too. I hate those 'look in the mirror and sigh' moments. Rubbish. We shouldn't have to do that. Also forgot to say to littleant that I'd love to read at mothers groups etc. Just thinking how I could organise it at the moment, so will keep in touch x

bronze Mon 14-Mar-11 22:33:20

My connections not fast enough to listen or watch. Has it been typed up anywhere?

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