Body, Life Writing, Memoir, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Touching the Core

'If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.' Gospel of St Thomas I thoroughly enjoyed the Self-portrait without Breasts event at Kings College London on February 24th. A huge… Continue reading Touching the Core

Event, News, Springlines

Event at University of Brighton, 26 Feb 2015

University of Brighton, Arts & Humanities, invites you to a Writers in Residence Salon Thursday 26th February 2015 Boardroom (M2), Grand Parade, BN2 0JY All welcome: free entry, wine and canapés from 5.30 pm discussion on CREATIVE COLLABORATION from 6.30 pm   How do artists from different disciplines approach creative collaboration? How can they identify and overcome… Continue reading Event at University of Brighton, 26 Feb 2015

Event, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Back from Transatlantic Connections 2 – a Drew University conference in Ireland

I liked the look of this conference as soon as I saw the call for papers from Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies (based in Madison, New Jersey). This was to be an interdisciplinary gathering, with the Medical Humanities School at Drew interested in ‘a conversation about the importance and conceptual scope of the… Continue reading Back from Transatlantic Connections 2 – a Drew University conference in Ireland

Body, Life Writing, Memoir, News

The work of waiting

'The more Susan waited, the more the doorbell didn't ring. Or the phone.' Douglas Adams – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency I’ve always liked Advent – the idea of waiting by preparing. Active waiting. Years ago, when I was waiting and hoping for a baby, I bought a handmade crib in a hilltop town in Provence.… Continue reading The work of waiting

News, Springlines

Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis’s recent exhibition at Portland Gallery, London

Here's the text of a review I wrote for Mary Anne's latest exhibition at Portland Gallery, London, which included a good number of paintings made as part of the Springlines project: Tim Craven, Curator of Art at Southampton City Art Gallery, in his excellent essay at the front of the catalogue, places Aytoun-Ellis’ work firmly… Continue reading Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis’s recent exhibition at Portland Gallery, London

Body, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

The 5th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine: a few thoughts

Here's a link to a short piece I've written about the Symposium on 10 May, for the BMJ Medical Humanities blog. http://blogs.bmj.com/medical-humanities/2014/05/17/5th-international-symposium-on-poetry-and-medicine-at-the-royal-society-of-medicine-wimpole-street-london-on-saturday-10-may-2014/

Body, Event, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Fifth International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine: 10 May, 2014

The programme for this year's Poetry and Medicine Symposium on Saturday 10 May (to be held at The Royal Society of Medicine in Wimpole Street) looks rich and varied, with talks ranging from Michael Hulse on 'The Romantic ego in medical poetry' to David Francis on 'Surgical metaphor in the poetry of Sylvia Plath', from Dean… Continue reading Fifth International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine: 10 May, 2014

Body, Excisions, I am Book, Life Writing, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Bloggin’ the Blog

I’ve recently written a couple of linked pieces for the BMJ Medical Humanities Blog, about cutting and editing, scars and memories. Thank you to the editor, Deborah Bowman, for inviting me to contribute. The pieces are online here: http://blogs.bmj.com/medical-humanities/2014/04/13/guest-post-by-poet-and-writer-clare-best-on-cutting-and-editing-and-scars-and-memories/ http://blogs.bmj.com/medical-humanities/2014/04/21/guest-blog-post-by-poet-and-writer-clare-best-part-2-on-scars-and-memories/

Everyday living, News, Writing retreat

Apples, wires and being alone

I returned home yesterday from Ripon College, Cuddesdon, in Oxfordshire. I think I’ll be going there again. What a privilege it is to be able to abandon routines, even for a few days. I’ve done a couple of terrific Arvon courses over the years (one was when I was putting together my first full collection,… Continue reading Apples, wires and being alone