Events Archive:  2017-2018   |  2015-2016   |   2013-2014   |   2011-2012

Forthcoming Events

June 3, 2022, at 3.30 pm

Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

Fourteen poets, including Clare, reading from issue 2 of ’14’ magazine (Vanguard Editions), organised by Margate Bookie

Tickets: £6 from Margate Bookie Festival

October 21, 2021, at 7 pm for 7.30 pm

Woodbridge Library, New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DT

Real-life, 3D poetry reading to raise funds for Friends of Woodbridge Library.

Clare will read with André Mangeot

Tickets £8 (students £4) – includes an interval drink

To reserve a place please call the Library on 01394 330855


July 1, 2, 5, 6 at 7 pm

Live-streaming of fully staged production of TEXT, the chamber opera Clare wrote with Michael Bascom in 2021, here.

Free, all welcome.

May 28, June 1, 3, 7, at 7 pm

Live-streaming of fully staged production of The Apothecary, the chamber opera Clare wrote with Amy Crankshaw in 2020, here.

Free. All welcome.

January 31, 2021

Pindrop Press ‘Zoom’ event to launch Jonathan Totman’s ‘Night Shift’ 

Sunday, January 31, 7.30 pm.

There will be readings by Clare and by Sarah Mnatzaganian as well as by Jonathan Totman.

All are welcome and it’s free, but please remember to register in advance by emailing who will send you a link.

December 2, 2020

‘Alternative Lessons and Carols’ – New Music Society, Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Clare reads three new poems as part of a programme of new music, words, film etc from a wide variety of Guildhall artists.

Watch here. From 8 pm.

November 29, 2020

The Poetry Place, West Wilts Radio

A 15-minute reading by Clare, with another 15-minute set from Robert Hamberger, and open mic. You can listen to the programme afterwards: here.

May 11, 2020 POSTPONED

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester

Monday, May 11, 19.30.

Clare reads for ‘Loose Muse’ from Each Other.

Tickets £6 on the door.

Events archive 2019

Nov 28, 2019

Nightingale Room, Grand Central pub, Brighton

Thursday, Nov 28, doors 19.15 for readings at 20.00

Clare will take part in Pighog readings with Maria Jastrzebska, Hugh Dunkerley, Robert Hamberger

FREE ENTRY, all welcome!

Nov 10, 2019

Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh

Sunday, Nov 10, 14.30-15.30.

Clare will take part in the event ‘South Coast poets venture East’ with Grace Nichols and Maria Jastrzebska

Tickets £8. Part of the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival weekend. Book here or call Snape Maltings Box Office on 01728 687110.

Oct 10, 2019

Upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN.

Thursday, Oct 10, doors open 7pm, readings start 7.45pm.

Tickets £5 (£3 students, and the unwaged and claiming benefit) at the door on the night.

Clare reads from her new collection Each Other for Needlewriters, alongside Robert Hamberger and Martin Nathan.

Oct 2, 2019

Southend Poetry at Naval and Military Club, 20 Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DU

Wednesday, Oct 2, 8pm

Clare reads from Each Other and earlier work, alongside André Mangeot.

September 25, 2019

The Nightingale Room, upstairs at Grand Central pub, 29-30 Surrey Street, Brighton BN1 3PA

Wednesday, Sept 25, at 7.30 pm

Double book launch, for Clare’s new collection Each Other and Robert Hamberger’s Blue Wallpaper – two new poetry collections from Waterloo Press. All welcome.


August 23, 2019

The Victoria Institute, Frances Knight’s Studio, 10 Tarrant Street, Arundel, BN18 9DG

Friday, Aug 23, 19.00 for 19.30

Words from Clare, music from Mike Carey and Clare Nicholas, paintings by Frances Knight

August 11, 2019

The Words Pavilion at the Firle Vintage Fair, Firle Park, nr Lewes, Sussex BN8 6LP

Sunday, Aug 11, 11.30 am

Lunar Pleasures: readings about the moon, including a celebration of ‘Pale Fire – new writing on the moon’ (Frogmore Press 2019) with Alexandra Loske, Jeremy Page, Maria Jastrzebska, Neil Gower and Clare Best

Online tickets £11.00 from or tickets at the gate £15. Free parking.

May 4, 2019

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford

Saturday, May 4, from 10.00 until 17.15. FREE event. All welcome.

Clare will give a talk and run a workshop as part of an all-day event on ‘Lists in Creative Writing’, with Lulah Ellender, author of Elisabeth’s Lists, and the Mass Observation Project

Events archive 2017-2018

Nov 29, 2018

Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ

Thursday, Nov 29, 18.30.

‘Clear Lines’ panel event hosted by Tanaka Mhishi: Writing about Trauma, Recovery and Gender-based violence. Clare will talk about The Missing List.

“To recognise UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we will be hosting this special Clear Lines event, bringing together women authors whose work addresses issues of sexual violence and consent.”

Tickets £8 (£6) from Eventbrite

Nov 2, 2018

Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh

Friday Nov 2, 2018, 19.00-20.00, part of the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival, 2-4 Nov.

‘Inlands and Outlands’ – Four poets walk poetry paths along the coasts and hinterlands of England. Kate Davis and Meryl Pugh read from first collections published by Penned in the Margins. Clare Best and Kay Syrad read poems from their recent poetry and painting collaborations.

Tickets £8, book here.

Oct 24, 2018

Elephant and Castle, White Hill, Lewes, Sussex BN7 2DJ

Wednesday Oct 24, 2018, 18.30-21.00

Joint launch of The Missing List with new books from Jeremy Page and Kay Syrad

Oct 17, 2018

Room 115, Jubilee Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton

Wednesday Oct 17, 2018, 16.00-17.30, with drinks and book signing 17.30-18.30

Launch of The Missing List  with Lyn Thomas and others talking about the Life Writing Projects website. 


Full details here.

Sept 18, 2018

Gradidge Room, Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Tuesday Sept 18, 2018, 18.00-20.00

Launch and celebration of The Missing List – a memoir

June 4, 2018

Saltmarsh Poetry, 3 Glebe Lane, Burnham Overy Staithe, PE31 8JQ

Monday June 4, 2018, 19.00-21.00. Poetry reading, hosted by Sally Festing.

May 30, 2018

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, New Street, Lymington, Hants SO1 9BH

Wednesday 30 May, 2018, 19.00-21.00

Illustrated talk and Q&A session with Clare Best and Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis: Collaborating on Springlines.

Cost: £10, call 01590 676969 to book.

April 19 – June 10, 2018

Springlines exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington, Hants

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

November 20, 2017

Conference at Brighton & Sussex Medical School: The Role of Narrative within Modern Medicine.

Illustrated presentation, 10.40-11.20 am – Telling the Story: a writer’s perspective on personal/medical decision-making

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 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

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.

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
Click here for more details and to book.

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 presentation of Laura Stevens’ 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.