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Hollie McNish meets Paapa Essiedu

Hollie McNish, who won the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry in 2016, meets Paapa Essiedu, best known for playing Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The poet Hollie McNish meets the actor Paapa Essiedu.

Hollie won the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry in 2016, and has published five books of her poems. Her most recent book, Plum, draws on memories and writing from childhood and her teenage years, along with her experiences as a parent. She first made her name as a performance poet, and her videos have received millions of views online.

Paapa played Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016 - the first black actor to take the role for the RSC. The production toured the UK earlier this year, and also travelled to North America. Paapa first joined the RSC in 2012, shortly after graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has also worked at the National Theatre, and at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol.

Producer Clare Walker.

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