Roula Pollard

Roula Pollard, a poet and writer of Greek origin, was born on the island of Santorini. She studied History and Archaeology at Athens University and obtained an M.A. in Classics at Leeds University. She lived in England for twenty five years and worked, besides others, as a teacher of Modern Greek Language & Greek Culture at Wakefield District College (Wakefield University) and Joseph Priestley Institute of Higher Education in Leeds, and also as literary promoter. She participated in prestigious English and Greek Poetry festivals.

skype: roulapoll 
email: iliad2015@gmail.com

ACHIEVEMENTS & PUBLICATIONS:

  • Three collections of poetry published in Greek: “Presence”, “Points of Silence”, “The Birth of Beautiful Time”. Her 4th poetry collection “Continents of Love” will be published in 2016.
  • Published literary articles in Greek and English literary magazines  on contemporary Greek, English and American poets and artists (Sylvia Plath, Henry Moore, Nekeforos Vrettakos, Machi Mouzaki, Dimitris Layios e.a. ) 
  • Translated an anthology of the works of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes into Greek, and presented a series of broadcasts about Sylvia Plath’s Poetry on Athens National Radio ERT, 1987.
  • As literary promoter, she organized poetry readings in English universities, colleges, poetry festivals, writers and international associations for well known English poets in West Yorkshire, 1987 – 1997 (Carol-Anne Duffy, Hugo Williams, Sylvia Kantaris, Michael Horovits, Simon Armitage, Ian MacMillan, e.a ). She has promoted more than 100 poets, writers, musicians and painters.  
  • Organized painting workshops for children with special needs -  Wakefield City Library, 1991. 
  • Co-operated with painters (Kathy Lancaster, Angela Bower, John Harrison, David Wright, e.a.) for the production of sets for Greek music festivals in  Leeds, Wakefield, Manchester, 1991. 
  • Broadcasted about Greek music and Civilization - BBC Radio Leeds and Greek Radio, Manchester.
  • Included into “INTERNATIONAL WHO IS WHO IN POETRY AND POETS” Encyclopedia, Cambridge Publications, England (1990-1996).
  • Her poems are published in more than 15 Greek and International Poetry Anthologies, 1982 – 2016.
  • Organized numerous Poetry readings and presented books in Athens. 
  • She raises awareness on the return of the Parthenon sculptures and also for the return to Greece of “the Classic Olympic Games“.  
  • Future Project: in co-operation with the Professor of Astrophysics  Xenophon Moussas, Athens University, on “ The Mechanism of Antikythera “.
  • She is asked to participate in international Poetry Festivals and co-operates with Poetry associations worldwide.