The Place Theatre, Bedford

Ouse Muse - Clare Pollard: Ovid's Heroines
Ouse Muse and Clare Pollard/Jaybird
Clare Pollard: Ovid's Heroines
26th January at 7:30pm

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Ovids Heroides, written in Rome somewhere between 25 and 16BC, was once his most popular text. The title translates as Heroines, and its a series of poems in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth -including Phaedra, Medea, Penelope and Ariadne - addressed to the men they love. It has been claimed as both the first book of dramatic monologues and the first of epistolary fiction, and was loved by Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare and Donne. Clare Pollards show rediscovers Ovids Heroines for the 21st Century, explaining the story behind the man and the myths, and introducing a cast of women who are sexy, witty, horrifying, brave, bitchy and surprisingly modern.

Clare Pollard Bio
Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and currently lives in London. Her first collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo (Bloodaxe, 1998) was written whilst she was still at school, and received an Eric Gregory Award. It was followed by Bedtime (Bloodaxe, 2002) and Look, Clare! Look! (Bloodaxe, 2005), which was made a set text on the WJEC A-level syllabus. Her fourth collection Changeling, was published in June 2011, and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2003 she won a Society of Authors travel award and an Arts Council writers award. The Independent named her one of their Top Writers Under 30.

Clare's first play The Weather (Faber, 2004) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and in 2012 she co-wrote the radio play Surface to Air with WN Herbert for BBC Radio 4. She has toured widely with the British Council, including a residency in Beijing, and been involved in numerous translation projects, including co-translating Poems by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf (Poetry Translation Centre 2012). Clares latest translation is Ovids Heroines (Bloodaxe, 2013). She co-edited the anthology Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century with James Byrne.

Note that this show is not suitable for children under 14.

Tickets for this show are priced at £7.50.

Tickets are also available from the Central Box Office in Bedford Tourist Information Centre on St Pauls Square, Telephone 01234-718112.

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