Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Clare Pollard
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Clare Pollard was born in Bolton, Lancashire and now lives in London.


Changeling (Bloodaxe, 2011)

Look, Clare! Look! (Bloodaxe, 2005)

Bedtime (Bloodaxe, 2002)

The Heavy-Petting Zoo (Bloodaxe, 1998)

Editor with James Byrne

Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe, 2009)


The Weather (Faber and Faber, 2004)

Clare Pollard studied at Cambridge University and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Essex University. In 1996 she was selected as one of Poetry Review’s New Poets. In 2000 she received an Eric Gregory Award.  Clare Pollard works as and editor, broadcaster and teacher. She is on the editorial board of Magma Poetry magazine.  Clare Pollard has presented two television documentaries, one for Channel 4 with a verse commentary. The Weather, was staged at the Royal Court in 2004. Her documentary for Radio, My Male Muse (2007) was a BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Year.

“It is better when, as in “The Two Ravens”, the political is addressed obliquely, even eerily, in the form of a ballad that conjures the dirt tracks of Iraq. Like many of the reimagined ballads in this collection, its rhythmic energy and musical refrains suggest it would work well read aloud; a new addition to Pollard’s repertoire as a performer of her poems. Despite trying on different styles, forms and voices in Changeling, however, on the page Pollard is still at her best with the lyrical and personal, and it is “Waiting for the Kettle to Boil, Lancashire” that fully combines the themes that have always driven Pollard’s work – identity, ambition, duty, guilt – with the colloquial tone and eye for life’s paradoxes that lend her best poems charm and force.” Ben Wilkinson (The Guardian)

Clare Pollard on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/clare_pollard


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