Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Clare Best
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Clare Best lives in Lewes in East Sussex, with her husband, their teenage son and his whippet. Following undergraduate studies in English at Cambridge, Clare took an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex and now teaches Creative Writing for Brighton University and the Open University’

Clare has always lived closely with words – she has been a bookbinder, a bookseller and an editor. Her poems have appeared in Poetry News, The Rialto, Resurgence, The London Magazine, Magma and The Warwick Review, amongst other publications, as well as in anthologies such as Buzz (Templar ‘08) and The Sandhopper Lover (Cinnamon Press ‘09). Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Clare has performed at numerous venues across the UK, including the Troubadour in London, The Byre in St Andrews and in September 2009 to a packed house at the Chiddingly Festival.

She has facilitated creative writing in a variety of settings; leading the ‘Tools for Writing’ workshops for life prisoners at HMP Shepton Mallet (Outside In project, 2004) and was writer in residence at Woodlands Organic Farm from 2006 to 2008.

Clare has organised many readings and events over the past decade. She co-founded New Metaphysical Poetry at Sussex University and Needlewriters in Lewes, both of which regularly attract lively and committed audiences.

 Her special interests are landscape writing, life narratives, and writing the body.

 Reviews of Treasure Ground

 ‘This would be an amazing book for anyone who knows the Lincolnshire fens—it’s a wonderfully evocative and personal record of what is clearly a very beautiful and haunting part of the world.’ (Alex McRae)

 ‘…Best makes, as her blurb says, “a rich harvest”. Her poems mark out clear territory and bring it to life, from starlings writing hieroglyphs on the sky and fields in “hundreds of nameless shades of green” to the Lincoln Red cows snorting in a barn and Cavalo Nero, “soft as hare’s ears”.(Hilary Menos)

Reviews of Excisions

 ‘Excisions is a tightly crafted book, quirky and brave… Be prepared to move from irony and control to language taut with emotion. Best resists sentiment in favour of human eccentricity but this book will still make you cry.’ (Jackie Wills)

Poetry publications:

Treasure Ground ( HappenStance, 2010)

Excisions (forthcoming from Waterloo Press, September 2011)

Clare Best’s website

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