1. Clare Pollard reads from Changeling

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    Clare Pollard reads four poems from her latest collection CHANGELING (2011) and talks about the book's themes. Steeped in folktale and ballads, CHANGELING takes on our myths and monsters, from the Pendle witch-trials in 17th-century Lancashire to modern-day London and Iraq. The poems are 'Tam Lin's Wife', 'Pendle', 'The Two Ravens' and 'The Caravan'. Neil Astley filmed Clare Pollard at her home in London in June 2011. Clare Pollard's work is used in this film with the permission of her publishers, Bloodaxe Books. Neil Astley has been assisting Pamela Robertson-Pearce in filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe's archive, website and DVD-books. Her first DVD-book, IN PERSON (edited by Neil Astley), was published by Bloodaxe in 2008, including films of 30 poets with an anthology containing all the poems read on the films. More footage from the film of Clare Pollard will be made available at a later date.

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    • Identity Parade

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      IDENTITY PARADE presents a line-up of ten poets reading from Roddy Lumsden's new Bloodaxe anthology of new British and Irish poets at its launch in Foyles Bookshop, London, on 24 March 2010. This is the line-up: Matthew Caley ('For Howard Devoto'), John Stammers ('Black Dog'), Siobhán Campbell ('Almost in Sight'), Claire Crowther ('Lost Child'), Andy Brown ('A Poem of Gifts'), Catherine Smith ('The Fathers'), Clare Pollard ('The Panther'), Chris McCabe ('Poem in Black Ink'), Katherine Pierpoint ('Burning the Door') and Tim Wells ('Comin' a Dance'), selected from 21 poets who took part in the event. The poems are included in this film with the permission of the poets and their publishers from the following books: Matthew Caley (Apparently, Bloodaxe Books, 2010), John Stammers (new poem), Siobhán Campbell (Cross-Talk, Seren Books, 2009), Claire Crowther (Stretch of Closures, Shearsman Books, 2007), Andy Brown (Full of the Rebel Angels, Salt Publishing, 2006), Catherine Smith (Lip, Smith/Doorstop Books, 2007), Clare Pollard (new poem), Chris McCabe (Zeppelins, Salt Publishing, 2008), Katherine Pierpoint (new poem) and Tim Wells (Rougher Yet, Donut Press, 2009).

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