Biography (longer version):
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 in September 2018. A new poetry collection, Each Other, came out with Waterloo Press in autumn 2019. Clare has been a bookbinder, a bookseller and an editor and she currently teaches Creative Writing for the Open University. 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. In 2020 Clare was awarded a MA (Distinction) in Opera Making at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has a Fellowship there for 2020-2021.
Clare Best’s most recent books are her prose memoir The Missing List (September 2018, Linen Press) and a new poetry collection Each Other, published by Waterloo Press in autumn 2019. Other publications include Excisions; Breastless; CELL; Springlines. Recent work published in Envoi, Agenda and Under the Radar.
A full CV is available on request – please contact Clare.
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