Clare Pollard

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Clare Pollard
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
EducationCambridge University
Known forPoetry

Clare Pollard (born 1978, England) is a poet and playwright.

Early life and education[edit]

Pollard was raised in Bolton[citation needed]. She was educated at Turton School in Bromley Cross. She read English at Cambridge University.[1]


At age 19 Pollard published her first poetry collection, The Heavy-Petting Zoo (Bloodaxe Books Ltd. (1997))[2] In 2000, Pollard won a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award. In 2004, her play The Weather was performed at the Royal Court Theatre[citation needed]. In 2007, My Male Muse, a radio documentary was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.[3][4] In 2009, Pollard and James Byrne edited the Bloodaxe young poets showcase titled Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century.[5] Pollard has been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Essex University.[6] In 2013, she was the judge for the inaugural international Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets[citation needed], and she has since judged the PBS Next Generation list, Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize, Manchester International Poetry Prize, the Northern Writer's Awards and the T. S. Eliot Prize. She is the editor of Modern Poetry in Translation.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Heavy Petting Zoo (1998).[7]
  • Bedtime (2002).[8]
  • The Weather (2004) Faber.
  • Look, Clare! Look! (2005).[9]
  • Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (2009).[10]
  • Changling (2011).[11]
  • Ovid's Heroines (2013).[12]
  • Incarnation (2017) Bloodaxe.
  • Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books (2019) Fig Tree.
  • The Lives of the Female Poets (2019) Bad Betty Press.


  1. ^ Clare Pollard. Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Poetry International Web.
  2. ^ Sears J. The Heavy-Petting Zoo by Clare Pollard. Pop Matters
  3. ^ The Weather bear hug Royal Court London. The Independent. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  4. ^ Staff Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Fleet Architects. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  5. ^ Crown S. Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century. The Guardian Accessed 20 September 2015.
  6. ^ British Council for Literature – Clare Pollard Archived 19 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 20 September 2015.
  7. ^ Pollard, C. The Heavy Petting Zoo. Bloodaxe Books, Hexham, England 1998. ISBN 978-1852244811.
  8. ^ Pollard, C. Bedtime. Bloodaxe Books, Hexham, England, 2002 ISBN 978-1852245931.
  9. ^ Pollard, C. Look, Clare!, Look! Bloodaxe Books, Hexham, England, 2005. ISBN 978-1852247096.
  10. ^ Pollard, C. and Byrne, J. (ed.) Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century. Bloodaxe Books, Hexham, England, 2009 ISBN 978-1852248383.
  11. ^ Changling. The Poetry Archive 2011. ISBN 978-1852249113 Accessed 21 September 2015.
  12. ^ Nota Benes. World Literature Today, 2013. ISBN 978-1852249762. Retrieved 21 September 2015.

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