Clare Pollard chosen for the International Literature Showcase

Clare Pollard chosen for the International Literature Showcase

‘For several decades, since her late teens, Clare Pollard has kept her poetic finger on the pulse of the world, writing poems of fierce love about the full scope of contemporary life from the intimacy of motherhood and the divided streets of London to elegies for the victims of honour killings and the climate crisis. Wonderfully skilled and with a rare lyrical gift, her poems ask today the questions the rest of us will ask tomorrow.’ – Owen Sheers


Clare Pollard is one of Owen Sheers’ selected writers for the National Centre for Writing's International Literature Showcase. His choice of ten writers was announced on 23 May 2020, and featured in The Guardian here.

Clare Pollard has published five collections of poetry with Bloodaxe, most recently Incarnation (Bloodaxe, 2017) and a pamphlet, The Lives of the Female Poets (Bad Betty Press, 2019). Her play The Weather (Faber, 2004) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre. Translations include a new version of Ovid's Heroines (Bloodaxe, 2013) which she toured as a one-woman show, and Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf's The Sea-Migrations (Somali title: Tahriib), published by Bloodaxe and the Poetry Translation Centre in 2017. Clare is the editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, and poetry editor for The Idler. Her latest book is the non-fiction title Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books (Fig Tree, 2019).

‘I’m so honoured to be part of this conversation about how writing might shape our future. I’ve worked across many genres, but all my work looks at the stories we tell ourselves, from children’s picture books to classical myths to the literary ‘canon’, and asks how those stories shape society.’ – Clare Pollard

More on the International Literature Showcase is on the National Centre for Writing's website here.




Clare Pollard's fifth collection Incarnation was published by Bloodaxe in 2017.   This collection draws on her own experience of motherhood, but also explores ideas of innocence and responsibility, and what it means to bring new human beings into this world.

Clare Pollard is The Poetry Extension's Poet of the Month for August 2019.  Read the interview here.

Click here to read Heidi Williamson's review of Incarnation on the Poetry School's blog.

Clare Pollard's poem 'At Peckham Rye' from Incarnation was featured as a Saturday Poem in The Guardian.  Click here to read.

[23 May 2020]

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