Credit: Derek Adams

Credit: Derek Adams


Agent: Hattie Grunewald

Biography: Clare Best has worked as a bookbinder, a bookseller, an editor and a Creative Writing teacher. 

Clare is a prize-winning poet and the author of four poetry publications: Treasure Ground (HappenStance, 2009); Breastless (Pighog, 2011); Excisions (Waterloo, 2011) Shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize 2012; Cell (Frogmore 2015). 

Her ongoing collaboration with artist Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water across the south country of England, culminated in Springlines (Little Toller Books, 2017). 

She has presented her autobiographical project ‘Self-portrait without Breasts’ to audiences in Ireland, Canada and the USA as well as across the UK. 

The Missing List, Clare’s prose memoir, was a finalist in the Mslexia Memoir Competition 2014. 

Clare lives near the Suffolk coast with her husband and their whippet.


‘A tapestry of time – brightly coloured, beautifully orchestrated, emotionally pure.’ Andrew O’Hagan


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