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March 8 @ 7:00 pm
  • Poetry


Clare Pollard


Art Exchange, University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
£5 (27yrs and under)

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Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Clare Pollard, Royal Literary Fellow at University of Essex, shares poems about our children and the stories we tell them. Fairytales and modern myths make appearances alongside biblical tales, exploring innocence and responsibility, asking what it means to bring new human beings into this world and how we shape them through our words.

Pinocchio, Hamelin, Alice and The Tiger who Came to Tea join the ark, the whale’s belly and the Moses basket in the rushes. There are poems for lost daughters – Amy Winehouse, Madeleine McCann, the victims of honour killings – and lost sons.

Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978. Her first collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo, received an Eric Gregory Award.  It was followed by four more collections, the latest of which is Incarnation.

clarepollard.com  @poetclare


Her work really is emphatically of our time, capturing the world in its beauties and horrors in writing that’s technically superb, but which also has what, if I was a sentimental chap, I’d call heart. Ian McMillan, The Verb

The themes are ancient – guilt, grief, the almost unbearable com-mingling of beauty and suffering – but shown through contemporary globalised life in all its grossness and glory…Pollard’s wit, honesty and recklessness. Frances Leviston, Yorkshire Post, on Changeling

This fourth collection from the Bolton-born, East London-living, wildly talented young poet is a total beauty. Changeling witnesses Clare Pollard brilliantly re-rub some old English folktales and transcribe them to our own troubled times, as well as offering up some 40 of her own bewitching compositions. These leap ably between ancient lore and recent political outrage… this is proper knockout, stop-you-in-your-tracks stuff. Dazed and Confused, on Changeling


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