portrait of Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and studied at Cambridge University. She was received an Eric Gregory Award in 2000 and was named by The Independent as one of their 'Top 20 Writers Under 30'.

Her first poetry collection, The Heavy-Petting Zoo, was published in 1998 and her second and third collections, Bedtime and Look, Clare! Look!, were published in 2002 and 2005 respectively. She has also presented two television documentaries, one for Channel 4 with verse commentary. Her first play, The Weather (2004), was staged at the Royal Court in Autumn 2004, and her documentary for radio, My Male Muse (2007), was a BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Year. Clare has been Managing Editor of The Idler and editor of the poetry journal Reactions. Her journalism has been published in The Guardian, The Independent, The TES, Magma and The London Magazine.

Clare Pollard lives in London and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Essex Universty. In 2009 she edited an anthology of new poetry with James Byrne, Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21stCentury (2009). Her latest collection of poetry is the Poetry Book Society Recommended Changeling (2011).

As a writer, Clare is very concerned with bearing witness to the times in which we live. Her work has frequently engaged with contemporary concerns, from our confessional media culture in Bedtime, to climate change in The Weather and globalisation in Look, Clare! Look!.

Poems translated by Clare Pollard