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, exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water, was published by Little Toller Books in 2017. A new poetry collection, Each Other, will be published by Waterloo Press in summer 2019. Clare 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.