Anna Hope and Clare Pollard in Conversation with Suzi Feay

Anna Hope and Clare Pollard in Conversation with Suzi Feay

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Anna Hope and Clare Pollard discuss their beautiful and mysterious novels that ask questions of modern life through reckonings with the past

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Join Anna Hope and Clare Pollard as they discuss their beautifully told and mysterious novels, which ask perceptive and intelligent questions about modern life through reckonings with the past.

Anna Hope’s The White Rock chronicles the stories of four characters across four centuries, each connected in their own way to the sacred White Rock of San Blas off the coast of Mexico. Inspired by the author’s experiences meeting a shamanic community in Mexico, Hope’s voice and its remarkable powers of empathy reach often unlooked-for places and find deep connections and affinities.

Set in 2020, Clare Pollard’s Delphi follows the lockdown life of a woman in a failing marriage who turns to ancient forms of divination to parse the challenges in her relationships. Pollard deftly navigates the stories that connect history with the acts and mistakes we have not yet made. Intelligent and moving, this is a book about the ancients that is remarkably of our time.

Anna Hope has written three prize-winning novels: Wake, The Ballroom, and Expectation. Co-founder of Letters to the Earth, a campaign responding to the issues of climate change, the ecological emergency underwrites many of the themes in her work. Before writing novels, Anna worked as an actor, and The Ballroom and Expectation are currently being adapted for screen.

Clare Pollard’s first collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo, was published while she was still at school, and received an Eric Gregory Award. It was followed by four more acclaimed collections and a pamphlet. Clare’s plays have been performed at the Royal Court Theatre and on BBC Radio 4 and her translation projects include a version of Ovid's Heroines, which she toured as a one-woman show. Currently the editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, she is also a journalist and teacher. Delphi is her first novel.

Anna and Clare will be discussing their work in conversation with Suzi Feay. Suzi is a literary journalist whose work appears regularly in The Guardian and the Financial Times. Currently TV and radio critic for FT Weekend, Suzi's own stories and poems have been published in The London Magazine, Magma and Poetry Review.

The discussion will be followed by audience Q&A and a book signing. Doors will open from 6:30pm.

Author Photos: Anna Hope by Laura Hynde, Clare Pollard by Sophie Davidson

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