Clare Best’s first full poetry collection, Excisions, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize 2012. She has performed her autobiographical cycle Self-portrait without Breasts across the UK and Ireland, and in the USA and Canada. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground (poems written during a three-year residency on Woodlands Organic Farm in Lincolnshire), Breastless and CELL.
Clare writes, amongst other things, on subjects of landscape and environment, place and human activity in place. Springlines – a collaborative publication with the painter Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, and part of their project exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water across the south of England – came out with Little Toller in spring 2017. Clare and Mary Anne’s work for Springlines has been exhibited at Glyndebourne (2015), at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery (2017) and at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington, Hants (2018).
Clare’s prose memoir The Missing List, a finalist in the Mslexia Memoir Competition 2015, is due from Linen Press in September 2018 and her second full collection of poetry, Each Other, will be published by Waterloo Press in 2019. Clare has been a fine bookbinder, a bookseller, an editor and a university teacher of Creative Writing.