Clare Pollard is an English poet and playwright. Born in 1978 and raised in Bolton, Pollard read English at Cambridge University. She published her first collection, The Heavy-Petting Zoo, with Bloodaxe in 1998 aged 19. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2000, and has gone on to write three more collections. Her play The Weather was performed at the Royal Court in 2004, and her radio documentary, My Male Muse, was broadcast in 2007. Her most recent project is the Bloodaxe young poets showcase, Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century which she co-edited with James Byrne. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Essex University. She is judge for the 2013 International Hippocrates Prize for Schools.
- ‘The Heavy-Petting Zoo by Clare Pollard’ By John Sears http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/heavy-petting-zoo