Events Archive:     2015-2016   |   2013-2014   |   2011-2012

Forthcoming Events


June 9 – Oct 14, 2017

Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, Mount Pleasant Road Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Springlines exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum. Paintings by Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis and words by Clare Best, with new work made especially for this exhibition.

Free entry. Open Tues – Sat, 9.30 am – 5 pm


September 8, 2017

Lindfield CoffeeWorks, Alma Road, Lindfield, Sussex

Friday 8 Sept 2017, from 8.00 pm

Clare reading as part of Lindfield Festival Poetry Night, hosted by Sally Claire Fadelle

More details here


September 9, 2017

Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, Mount Pleasant Road Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Saturday 9 Sept 2017, 1.00 – 4.00 pm: writing workshop – Writing about place.

Cost: £35. To book call 01892 554171.


September 27, 2017

TORCH, 4 Hassocks Road, Hurstpierpoint, as part of Hurstpierpoint Festival

Wednesday 27 Sept 2017, 7.30 pm: Clare reading with Sasha Dugdale and Stephanie Norgate

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October 26, 2017

The Nightingale Room, Grand Central, 29-30 Surrey St, Brighton BN1 3PA

Thursday 26 Oct 2017, 7.30 pm: Pighog poetry evening with CB, Charlotte Gann and Peter Kenny


Events archive 2017


June 16, 2017

University of Sussex

Friday 16 June 2017, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm:  Life History and Life Writing Research post-graduate conference (Universities of Sussex and Brighton). Clare KEYNOTE with Lyn Thomas 4-5 pm: ‘The Uses of Photography and Self-portrait without Breasts’


June 10, 2017

Binsted Church, BN18 0LL

Saturday 10 June 2017, 7.30 pm: Binsted Arts Poetry Competition – adjudication and reading by Clare, plus reading by James Simpson. Free entry.


April 13, 2017

Church Hall, Bury Drive, Goring, BN12 4XB

Thursday 13 April 2017, 7.30 – 9.30 pm – Poetry workshop for the West Sussex Writers, on the theme of Writing Place. £5 for non-members


April 9, 2017

Weald and Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU

Sunday 9 April 2017, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm – Landscape and Literature Day at the Weald & Downland Living Museum – launching Springlines. Others reading/speaking: Alexandra Harris, Sasha Dugdale, James Simpson.  £25
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April 1, 2017

Westgate Chapel, Lewes

Saturday 1 April 2017, 7.00 pm – Voices Beyond Borders – poets and musicians raising funds for refugees.


March 15,  2017

Book & Kitchen, Notting Hill, London

Pighog/Red Hen readings, with Naomi Foyle and Vanessa Gebbie, plus America Hart, Katharine Coles, John Barr.


Events archive 2015 – 2016

April 21, 2016

University of Kent at Canterbury

Presentation and reading entitled ‘I am Book’ at an interdisciplinary symposium on ‘Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities’.


March 21, 2016

Arden Conference Centre, University of Warwick

Reading poems from ‘Self-portrait without Breasts’ and showing some of Laura’s photographs, 6.00 – 6.30 pm, as part of the day symposium ‘The Ethics of Display: exhibiting vulnerable bodies’.


September 21, 2015

Drew University, Madison, NJ, USA

Reading poems from ‘Self-portrait without Breasts’ and showing Laura’s photographs. Plus Q&A.


July 8 – August 30, 2015

Glyndebourne Opera House

Exhibition of Springlines poems and paintings in the Stalls Gallery at Glyndebourne.


February 24, 2015

Nash Theatre, King’s College London

A talk about the ‘Self-portrait without Breasts’ project and presenting poems from the cycle alongside Laura Stevens’ images. Q&A.


January 16, 2015

Bundoran, Donegal, Ireland

Clare took part in a panel on Medical Humanities and Narrative with Donna McCormack and Nur Khan, at Drew University’s ‘Transatlantic Connections 2’ Conference.

Events archive 2013 – 2014


March 10 -16, 2014

WaterweekFreedom Leisure Centre, Hailsham

Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis and Clare were delighted to take part in WATERWEEK with a talk about Springlines.


November 25, 2013

St George’s, University of London

Reading poems from ‘Self-portrait without Breasts’ and talking about the project, as part of an event in the series ‘The Art of Medicine’ at St George’s, University of London.


August 24, 2013

School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow

A presentation as part of ‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority, at a conference hosted by the Medical Humanities Research Centre.


June 23, 2013

Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve

Festival of Water – first showing of some of the work for the Springlines project, in the Mettyear Room of the Linklater Pavilion, with Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis.

Events archive 2011 – 2012

November 27, 2012

Queens Building LT1, Exeter University

Self-portrait without Breasts – aesthetics and surgical experience
Poems and photographs + panel discussion and audience q&a


October 10, 2012

Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Toronto

A talk about the project, and readings of the poems, with Laura’s photos, was hosted by the MLC at Ryerson University in Toronto.


October 4, 2012

Blum Resource Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA, USA

Readings of poems from Self-portrait without Breasts and discussion.


October 4 2011

Chowen Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex

The first performance of poems from Self-portrait without Breasts, alongside Laura Stevens’ photos. Generously hosted by Brighton and Sussex Medical School. After the poems, there was a q&a session led by Dr James Mackay, a Consultant Clinical Genetic Oncologist.