Festival of Words – Clare Pooley: The Sober Diaries



After partying hard through university Clare Pooley went into advertising where she found herself part of another drink-fuelled culture as managing partner of one of the biggest ad agencies in the world.

But when Clare gave up work to concentrate on being a mum she continued to drink, using alcohol to escape boredom and tiredness.

In March 2015 Clare quit drinking and – in an effort to find support without revealing her identity – she started a blog called Mummy was a Secret Drinker under the pseudonym ‘Sober Mummy’. Within a year the blog hit over a million page views.

The Sober Diaries is the personal and frank story of Clare’s first year without alcohol and includes research, advice and wisdom acquired during a year of successfully living sober.

‘Brutally honest and sparkily funny’ – Sunday Express

Clare Pooley will be interviewed by Festival Vice-Chairman and writer Paul Bisson.