Little, Brown's digital-first list Blackfriars has acquired a memoir by performance poet Hollie Poetry.
In her first acquisition for the list, Rhiannon Smith bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Nobody Told Me by Poetry, also known as Hollie McNish, from Becky Thomas at Fox Mason.
McNish found out she was pregnant on her way to a gig at Glastonbury, unable to tell anyone for three days. Nobody Told Me is her story of becoming a parent "told in her own inimitable voice, exploring themes of gender and race, motherhood and parenthood, commercialism and raising a girl in modern Britain, being a woman in modern Britain, and all those moments she realised she wasn’t prepared for".
Smith said: "I’m delighted to be publishing Hollie’s wonderful, and important, memoir. Like her performances, her poems on the page are honest and outraged and warm, and her interwoven narrative shines a light on the contradictions and comforts of motherhood, as well as the humour and heartache. Her distinctive, accessible style makes this a book not just for parents but for grandparents; for young women; for anyone."
McNish is a published poet and spoken word artist, who has released two poetry albums, "Touch" and "Kick Push", and a collection of poetry, Paper, was published by Greenwich Exchange. She came to prominence in the media for her campaigning against the Sun's Page 3 and the banning of breastfeeding in public.
Blackfriars will publish Nobody Told Me in e-book in February next year with a print edition to follow later in 2016.