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. Clare’s prose memoir was a finalist in the Mslexia Memoir Competition 2014/15. 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 has been a bookbinder, a bookseller and an editor and she now teaches Creative Writing for the Open University and Life Writing for the Autobiography and Life Writing Programme in Brighton. She is a co-founder of Needlewriters, the quarterly reading series in Lewes. 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.
Clare Best’s most recent book is Springlines (Little Toller, 2017). Other publications include Excisions; Breastless; CELL. Recent work published in Envoi, Agenda, Under the Radar.
A full CV is available on request – please contact Clare.
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