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Hollie McNish and Pandora Sykes talk to Vanessa Kisuule

Life choices – how do we muddle through?

Hay Festival 2021, 

From Finnish saunas and soppy otters to grief, grandparents and Kellogg’s anti-masturbation pants, Hollie McNish's book, Slug, tackles in poetry and prose the choices presented by life today. With so many possibilities, there is a nagging feeling that we’re somehow failing to live our best life. What does doing it right even look like? Hollie's earlier collection, Nobody Told Me, won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

How do we Know We’re Doing it Right? is the title of Pandora Sykes' book. From faster-than-fast fashion to millennial burn-out, the explosion of 'wellness' the author interrogates the stories we’ve been sold and the ones we tell ourselves. Wide-ranging and witty, the book explores the anxieties and myths that consume our lives and the tools we use to muddle through.