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SubVersing the Sub Rooms: Live Poetry with Clare Pollard & Zoë Brooks


SubVerse, the Stroud Subscription Rooms’ poetry strand, presenting the best in live contemporary British poetry curated and hosted by Adam Horovitz, returns this April to the venue’s Central Bar and Café with a reading by poet, playwright and novelist Clare Pollard, with support from Zoë Brooks.

Publishing her first book in the 1990s, while still a teenager, Clare Pollard has been a major presence in the poetry scene for more than 20 years, publishing five collections with Bloodaxe. Her visceral and exquisite poetry comments incisively on the modern world, and is intertwined with a deep understanding of the power of myth. 

She is the current editor of Modern Poetry in Translation and her most recent book is a non-fiction title, Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books (Penguin). Clare’s novel Delphi is forthcoming this summer.

“Clare is an excellent, urgent reader of her own work,” says host Adam Horovitz, “and it’s a real pleasure to be welcoming her to Stroud as part of SubVerse. This will be a terrific night of poetry in intimate surroundings. Prepare to be carried away, SubVersed and subverted by the power of words.”

Clare will be supported by Gloucestershire-based poet Zoë Brooks (“another superb reader of her own work,” says Adam), who will be reading from her collection Owl Unbound and her forthcoming poem for voices, Fool’s Paradise. 

SubVerse, with Clare Pollard and Zoë Brooks, comes to the Stroud Sub Rooms Central Bar and Café on Wednesday, April 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £11.50 and booking in advance is advised, as space is limited in the café. Tickets can be booked here: https://bit.ly/3uEBCsc

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