Clare Best

Clare Best’s first full collection, Excisions, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize 2012. She has performed her autobiographical poem cycle ‘Self-portrait without Breasts’ across the UK and Ireland, and in the USA and Canada. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless and CELL. Springlines – a collaboration with the painter Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, and part of their project exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water – was published in 2017 by Little Toller Books. Clare’s prose memoir The Missing List was a finalist in the Mslexia Memoir Competition 2014/15, and was published by Linen Press in September 2018. A new poetry collection, Each Other, is published by Waterloo Press in summer 2019. Clare has been a bookbinder, a bookseller and an editor and she currently teaches Creative Writing for the Open University and Life Writing for the Autobiography and Life Writing Programme in Brighton. She was a co-founder of Needlewriters, the quarterly reading series in Lewes, and is now part of the festival team for Poetry in Aldeburgh. She has held writing residencies in a range of settings including HMP Shepton Mallet, Woodlands Organic Farm on the Lincolnshire Fens and the University of Brighton.